Airport Obligations: Release of Airport Property

Central Regional Airports Division


Airport owners that desire to sell a portion of their airport property must contact the FAA compliance specialist to determine the extent of Federal obligations associated with the tract of land in question. Any release, modification, reformation or amendment of an airport agreement between the owner and the United States must make a written request that is signed by a duly authorized official of the public agency that owns the airport.

Required Documentation

Although no special form is required, an owner's request should be specific, as applicable for the request they are making. To facilitate FAA review, please address the following items in your request:

  1. What is release action being requested?
  2. What agreement(s) with the United States are involved?
  3. Why the release, modification, reformation or amendment is being requested?
  4. What facts and circumstances justify the request?
  5. What requirements of state or local law or ordinance should be provided for in the language of a FAA issued document if the request is consented to or granted?
  6. What property or facilities are involved?
  7. How the property was acquired or obtained by the airport owner?
  8. What is the present condition and what present use is made of any property or facilities involved?
  9. What use or disposition will be made of the property or facilities?
  10. What is the appraised fair market value of the property or facilities. Appraisals or other evidence required to establish fair market value?
  11. What proceeds are expected from the use or disposition of the property and what will be done with any net revenues derived?
  12. A comparison of the relative advantage or benefit to the airport from sale or other disposition as opposed to retention for rental income?

Exhibits to Accompany Request

Each request should have a scaled drawing attached showing all airport property and airport facilities which are currently obligated for airport purposes by previous agreements with the United States. We request that you attach other applicable exhibits that support the requests. These may include

  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Plans
  • Appraisal reports

Exhibit A Map and Airport Layout Plan

Airport owners that complete a transaction that releases airport property must revise both their current Exhibit A property map and their Airport Layout Plan (ALP). The revised maps must reflect the changes to property interest, land areas and airport facilities that resulted from their actions.

The FAA will use the checklist in Standard Operating procedure No. 3 (PDF) when evaluating the Exhibit A for acceptance.It is prudent for Sponsors to consult this checklist prior to submitting a revised Exhibit A map.

For the ALP revisions, include a brief narrative that outlines the rationale used in arriving at the revised plan. Sponsors should contact their assigned FAA planner to discuss submittal requirements prior to actually submitting a revised ALP

Release of Maintenance Obligations

Requests for the release of maintenance obligations do not require items 9,10, and 11 as listed herein.


Last updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2022