Indiana Chapter - American Planning Association

Membership Types

There are several ways to become a member of APA Indiana, but two primary types of members, DUAL MEMBERS and CHAPTER-ONLY MEMBERS.

Dual Membership

Of these, the most common are those who are considered Dual Members. While membership of the Chapter is for anyone, it is expected that practicing planners be National Members in order to take advantage of the educational, networking, publications, and other benefits that only the national organization can provide. They have registered for membership with the American Planning Association (APA), our parent organization. National APA membership requires the applicant to identify a preferred affiliation with one or more state chapters. Most professional planners in the State of Indiana Planners hold a Dual Membership with both APA and APA Indiana.

There are three (3) types of Dual Members:

  1. APA/APA-IN Regular Member – A person who has applied for and paid fees for membership in both APA and the Chapter. For more information about the qualifications and fees of this membership, visit the American Planning Association.
  2. APA/APA-IN Plan Commissioner – A person who qualifies for, has applied for and paid plan commissioner fees for membership in both the APA and the Chapter. For more information about the qualifications and fees of this membership, visit the American Planning Association.
  3. APA/APA-IN Student – A person who qualifies for, has applied for, and paid student fees as required for membership in both APA and the Chapter. For more information about the qualifications and fees of this membership, visit the American Planning Association.

Please note, that if you are already a member of APA or you intend to register or renew your membership with the APA, you must register at their website. National memberships cannot be handled by the Chapter or through this website. To register with the APA, visit the American Planning Association.

Chapter-Only Membership

While membership is encouraged in both the Chapter and our parent organization, the American Planning Association (APA), we recognize the cost limitations upon municipalities and that there are others, such as non-planners, related disciplines, elected officials, educators, state leaders, and various interested parties throughout the State of Indiana that can benefit from becoming a member. Therefore, the Chapter offers a secondary option to those individuals.

There are two (2) types of Chapter-Only members:

1. APA-IN-Only Member – A person who works or resides in Indiana and has applied for and paid for membership in the Chapter, but is not a member of APA. Anyone may join the Chapter as an APA-IN-Only member if they do not also join APA.

2. Group Member – Three (3) or more members of a local Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), Plan Commission, or municipal/county legislative body that have applied for an paid fees of membership in the Chapter. To learn more about Group Membership in APA Indiana.

All memberships are non-transferable. Individual memberships stay with the individual. Group memberships stay with the group paying the membership fee, regardless of changes in the make-up of those who belong to the group.