2 links that I have included below to the FAA website are very informative and will tell you
most everything you want to know regarding FAA approved heliports.
For what it's worth here's everything I know.....
FAA will be the first to tell you that you do not need their approval for a private
unless it is located within controlled airspace. You will however most likely need the blessing of
your local zoning board and the state "DOT".
When planning for my FAA approved heliport here in Florida the FAA was quick to point out that
I did not need their approval, nor did I need to give them notice of or apply for an approved heliport
unless my private
heliport exceeded the following: (and I quote)
"Notice is not required for the intermittent use of a site that is not an established airport, which is used for less than one year and at which flight operations will be conducted only under VFR rules.
Intermittent use means the use of the site for no more than 3 days in any one week and for no more than 10 operations per day." (1 operation = 1 takeoff & 1 landing)
The key here is the word private
, let me point out that none of this applies if you're opening a public heliport. The information you need for a public heliport is also included somewhere in the two links below.
Please don't take my word for any of this, read it all for yourself at:http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/advisory_circular/150-5390-2B/150_5390_2b.pdf
see: Page 14 of AC 150/5390-2B http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/form/faa7480-1.pdf
see paragraph on 2nd page titled: "Instructions Notice of Landing Area Proposal"