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The Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association represents more than 1,300+ professional planners, employed by both the public and private sectors, as well as planning students, planning commissioners, elected officials, and citizens interested in planning. Chapter membership offers many varied opportunities, including:

  • Building and enhancing your career; 
  • Informing and making a difference in public policy;
  • Networking with local, regional, and national planners;
  • Sharing your knowledge and accomplishments through participation in professional education workshops and conferences;
  • Utilizing APA resources and the experiences of others to help achieve success for your planning goals and projects;
  • Engaging and mentoring today’s planning students, our future planners; and
  • Working with elected officials, business people and citizens to make a difference in your local community.
Check out our brochure describing Chapter and Section activities and membership options.
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Regular Membership: Your national dues include membership in the Washington Chapter.

Student Membership: Student members of APA receive all the benefits of membership at a special dues rate.

Planning Board Membership: Planning commissioners and appointed and elected officials are invited to join APA at a reduced rate and receive enhanced services designed to support you in your planning role.  More information for Planning Board Membership 

Chapter-Only Membership: Citizens who desire to make their community a better place to live are invited to join APA locally as a Chapter-Only member. To apply: Write CHAPTER-ONLY across the front of a regular membership application form & submit the form and membership fee to the National APA office. See the National APA website for the application form and mailing information.

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APA Divisions

Find out more about APA Divisions in Washington

APA offers 21 divisions that offer planners the opportunity to join with, and learn from, a community with shared interests. The Washington Chapter is reaching out to Division members in Washington to help form local groups to address your interests: professional development and continuing education; contributions to national (and chapter) policy work; networking and leadership opportunities; scholarships; grants/fellowships; and awards. See this page for what Washington Division members are doing. 

The 21 divisions include the following. Several other groups are also forming and expect to be full-fledged divisions in the future (e.g., indigenous planners). 

City Planning & Management Division LGBTQ and Planning Division Technology Division
County Planning Division New Urbanism Division Transportation Planning Division
Economic Development Division Planning and the Black Community Division Urban Design and Preservation Division
Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Division             Planning and Law Division Women and Planning Division
Federal Planning Division Private Practice Division  
Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division           
International Division Small Town and Rural Planning Division             
Latinos and Planning Sustainable Communities Division