Airport Rules & Regulations
All revenue generating, commercial and/or business activities, at County operated airports are required to secure a lease approved by the County Board of Supervisors (the “Board”) prior to commencement of any commercial activity.
Prospective lessees should begin the process by requesting a meeting with County staff. The purpose of the initial meeting is to introduce staff, show the available sites, and answer any questions. At the conclusion of this meeting the prospective lessee will be asked to submit a Lease Application and proposal.
Upon receipt of a lease application and proposal, County staff will review the proposal and will provide a written response. Once an agreement has been reached on the deal points and development proposal, a lease will be prepared for execution by the lessee. The lease shall be executed in three counterparts and all three copies shall be returned to the County. The County will then schedule the lease for consideration at the next available Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Please be advised that the County Board of Supervisors is the only entity that can make a binding lease commitment and development may not proceed until the Board has approved the lease.
Exclusive rights for any aeronautical activity will not be issued at any County airport. This is to ensure that airport patrons are offered competitive market prices for services.
All new leases and new airport development shall comply with the current FAA approved Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for each airport. In addition, Jacqueline Cochran Regional, French Valley, and Hemet-Ryan airports have adopted Airport Master Plans and all new development shall comply with those master plans. Lessee proposals that conflict with ALP’s and Master Plans will not be approved.
All signs (commercial, traffic, services, advertising, etc.) must receive written approval from the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA or Designee prior to their placement. The request for approval should include the size, location, and design of sign. All outdoor advertising shall comply with County Ordinance No. 348 and applicable federal and state laws. FAA Form 7460-1, Building Design, Construction, and/or Alteration, must be submitted to the FAA Western Pacific Region for review and determination, with a copy of the form sent to the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA.
Building Design, Construction, and/or Alterations
All design, construction and/or alterations shall be in compliance with Airport Design Guidelines. The County reserves the right to review and approve all architectural design of all construction or alterations to be performed on County operated airports.
The County reserves the right to review and approve the design and construction methods of all development at the County operated airports. All buildings shall comply with local codes and regulations as to their construction. FAA Form 7460-1, Building Design, Construction, and/or Alteration, must be submitted to the FAA for their review and assessment with a copy of the form submitted to the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA.
The County reserves the right to require a Material and Performance Bonds or a Letter of Credit prior to the construction of any facility for the return of funds expended by the County in the event that the applicant defaults on any obligations.
The County reserves the right to make periodic inspections of the leased premises during reasonable hours to ensure lease compliance and Lessee's adherence with all applicable regulations. County staff, County contractors, the FAA, and/or the State of California may conduct inspections, under this provision.
All flying clubs located at Riverside County operated airports shall be nonprofit organizations. All rights shall be equally shared between members. No member shall share in profits, earnings, salaries, or other forms of compensation. The Flying Club shall not be engaged in any type of commercial operation. A copy of the Flying Club’s Charter and By-laws, or other comparable documents, must be filed with the Aviation Division. Flying clubs must submit annual financial reports and furnish the County with proof of insurance.
A minimum of one (1) aircraft, properly certified, is required for a flying club. Flight instruction shall only be offered to club members. The instructor must be a club member or an instructor who is a lessee on the airport for the purpose of flight instruction.
Waiver from Minimum Standards
Any tenant or prospective tenant wishing to waive any minimum standard set forth in the approved Minimum Standards must submit a letter to the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA expressing their hardship to conform with the Minimum Standards. The Assistant County Executive Officer/EDA has the discretion of approving or disapproving the waiver as it would apply to the future viability of the airport, subject to applicable provisions, which may be contained in the tenant's lease approved by the Board. Waivers may be granted on a temporary basis, and may be withdrawn or terminated at the Director’s discretion.
All individuals using the County operated airports must comply with all the provisions of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. The tenant or prospective tenant shall ensure there shall be no discrimination in the availability of any services or commodities based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, physical handicap, medical condition or marital status.
The FBO shall procure, maintain and pay premiums during the term of the agreement for insurance of the types and the minimum limits set forth by the County for each aeronautical activity. The FBO shall obtain and maintain insurance (See Appendix A), which contains an endorsement that the “County of Riverside, including its elected officials, officers, employees, and agents” are named as additional insured. Any insurance carrier providing insurance coverage hereunder shall be admitted to the State of California unless such requirement is waived, in writing, by the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA and/or the County Risk Manager. Each insurance company shall have an A.M. BEST rating of not less than A:VIII (A:8).
Proof of insurance must be submitted to the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA prior to commencement of operations and upon each insurance renewal. The FBO shall provide either 1) a properly executed original Certificate(s) of Insurance and ‘certified original’ copies of Endorsements effecting coverage as required herein, or 2) if requested to do so in writing by the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA and/or County Risk Manager, provide original Certified copies of policies including all endorsements and all attachments thereto, showing such insurance is in full force and effect. Certificate(s) shall contain the covenant that thirty (30) days written notice shall be given to the County of Riverside prior to any material modification, cancellation, expiration, or reduction in coverage of such insurance. Certificates of Insurance and the policies shall covenant that their coverage is primary and the County’s insurance and/or deductibles and/or self-insured retentions or self-insured programs shall not be construed as primary.
If any policy contains a general aggregate limit, it shall apply separately to the Agreement with the County or be less than two (2) times the occurrence limit. All insurance policies are subject to review by the County’s Department of Risk Management. The Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA, upon the advice of the County Risk Manager, reserves the right to increase the limits, or require additional insurance coverage, beyond those set forth in these Minimum Standards, subject to applicable provisions of the tenant’s lease.
Lot sizes may vary according to the type of operation. If available, aircraft tie-downs and hangar space, as well as automobile parking spaces, may be leased from the County to meet these minimum standards. The number of aircraft, hangar, or automobile parking spaces shall be determined during lease negotiations.
No outside storage will be permitted except behind enclosed block walls, screened from public view, or as approved by the Assistant County Executive Officer / EDA.
Lessee shall be responsible for the adequate maintenance of leased property and in compliance with all applicable Federal, State and Local health and safety regulations.