Membership for All

APA membership is open to everyone who is committed to applying the benefits of planning to create communities of lasting value. APA welcomes individuals who work in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and other allied professions, as well as interested individuals who want to help their communities offer better choices for their neighbors, their colleagues, and themselves.

Nonplanners who join APA enjoy the same benefits as members who are professional planners.

Keep Up with Planning

You'll receive Planning, APA's flagship publication and the best source of news about innovative planning programs and techniques. Find out about planning that works — successful programs, techniques, and strategies from across the nation and around the world. Read its 11 yearly issues in print or online.

Read our member e-newsletter, APA Interact, to learn about APA resources, publications, events, and opportunities to participate. Follow its links to related features on the APA website. Keep up with APA's blogs for timely perspectives on the planning issues of the day.

Participate Close to Home

When you join APA, you join a chapter and connect to the local planning community. Most chapters offer an annual conference, educational workshops, and other educational and networking events. Many also conduct legislative advocacy programs, sponsor planning commissioner training, and conduct public information campaigns.

Connect with Specialists

There's an APA division just right for you!Join an APA division and link to others who share your special enthusiasm. Most divisions spread their news and viewpoints through web-based discussions and publications. They also assist APA's public policy program and educate other members through sessions at the annual National Planning Conference. Division membership is optional and discounted for APA members.

Expand Your Knowledge and Skills

Take advantage of the advanced training put on by APA and its chapters. Offerings include the National Planning Conference, an annual series of convenient audio/web conferences and lectures, streaming education, and in-person topical workshops. APA members save on registration for these and other educational opportunities.

Save on Publications

Go to the APA Store for discounts on books and e-books, reports, and subscriptions to the Journal of the American Planning Association the planning profession’s journal of record since 1935.

Help Your Community

APA member dues support programs that foster good planning in local communities. Great Places in America recognizes exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. Get involved in National Community Planning Month to raise the visibility of planners and planning where you live.

APA's Community Assistance Programs provides volunteer, place-based assistance and advisory services to communities, regions, and neighborhoods.

Join Online

Become a member and connect with thousands of people worldwide who share your dedication to creating vibrant communities.

Join Online

Download an application (pdf) (U.S. only)

APA Member Dues

Annual APA dues for most members in the United States range from $160 to $385. Dues are salary-based, which ensures that individuals at all income levels can participate. U.S. members also pay chapter dues, which range from $25 to $173. National and chapter dues together range from $185 to $558, depending on the member’s salary and location.

APA Member dues chart

APA dues for members outside the United States are based on national wealth equity. International members do not pay chapter dues.

International dues chart

Expand Your Network

Personal connections are one of the most valuable aspects of membership. Enjoy myriad opportunities to share experiences, brainstorm, and solve problems with other members.

Other Ways to Participate

If you're interested in the field of planning but not in APA membership, consider subscribing to Planning. It's a great way to keep up with important planning issues and innovative practices.

Donate to the Planning Foundation of APA to support student academic and travel scholarships, community assistance programs, special research projects, and more. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) subsidiary of APA and contributions are tax-deductible.