The Northern California Section is part of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. Membership in either the California Chapter, or the national APA, qualifies you for all benefits provided by the Northern California Section.

National APA membership includes all benefits of chapter membership, plus national-level benefits such as access to AICP certification, discounted rates for the National Planning Conference, subscription to Planning magazine, and group rates on insurance. Rates vary based on status; new members receive a substantial discount, and student membership is free.