Airport Access Procedures and Responsibilities

Everyone requesting authorization to access the Chico Municipal Airport must: (1) complete an Airport Operations Area (AOA) Access Request form; (2) complete the Airport Driver Training Program and written test; and (3) meet at least one of the following criteria:

    1. Hold an airport lease, operating agreement or use permit;
    2. Be an employee, associate or relative or an authorized airport business or tenant;
    3. Be an active flight student, aircraft renter or member of a flying club; or
    4. Be authorized by the Airport Manager.

Gate Access Card

The AOA Access Request form, Airport Driver Training Program Study Guide and written test and can be found on the City’s website. From the City’s Main Page under “Jump to Departments and Services” click on Municipal Airport. Once the form and test are completed contact the Human Resources Department at (530)879-7900 to make an appointment. City Fee Schedule 90.010 governs the fee charged for a gate access card.

There is a minimum waiting period of 24 hours for applications to be reviewed and approved. To expedite approval of your request you may submit your completed form and written test by email to or by fax to (530) 895-4733.

Airport access is conditioned upon compliance with the Chico Municipal Airport Rules and Regulations, airport security procedures, and the responsibilities listed here.   

Gate Access Procedures and Responsibilities

Everyone accessing the airport plays a vital role in keeping the airport safe and secure. NEVER loan your card to anyone. The card is issued solely for your use. Please report a lost or stolen card to the Airport Manager’s Office immediately by calling (530) 879-7900.

  • When entering the airport through any gate (vehicle or pedestrian) it is your responsibility to ensure the gate closes and no one gains access behind you.
  • Allowing another driver to enter the airport through a vehicle gate behind you (“piggybacking”) is considered a serious violation and may result in the loss of your airport access privileges.
  • When exiting, more than one vehicle may exit provided that the last vehicle stops and waits for the gate to close completely.
  • If you bring someone onto the airport you are responsible for them and their actions at all times.
  • If an airport gate fails to close it is your responsibility to immediately report the issue to CIC Airport Operations (530) 624-1342 or Chico Police Department (530) 895-4911.
  • When operating a vehicle within the AOA the maximum speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
  • Drivers shall always yield the right of way to aircraft.
  • Vehicle access to taxiways, runways or restricted areas around the air carrier ramp and passenger terminal is not permitted at any time.