Operations and Safety

RNO Rules and Regulations

Safety is, and always will be, the primary consideration in the operation of RNO. The RNO Rules and Regulations are intended to ensure safe and efficient operations at RNO. This manual applies to RTAA staff, Airport tenants and their employees, persons conducting business at the Airport, and the general public using the Airport’s facilities. All persons using the Airport are obligated to be familiar with all applicable laws.

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Section 2 – First Amendment Activity


2.1 General From time to time, individuals and groups seek to engage in activities implicating the First Amendment, such as the distribution of leaflets, charitable solicitation and peaceful picketing. To ensure the safe, orderly, and efficient operation of the Airport, while allowing for such speech activities on the premises, it is necessary that such activities be subject to reasonable time, place and manner regulations. Such regulations are especially necessary given that the post 9-11 aviation environment presents new security demands and increased congestion.

2.2 Purpose of Regulations These First Amendment Regulations are designed to: • Insure the free and orderly flow of pedestrian traffic into and through the terminal in the Airport and of the vehicular traffic outside the terminal

  • Protect persons using the Airport from repeated communications or encounters that might be perceived as harassment or intimidation
  • Protect travelers from being an unwilling captive audience
  • Maintain security by restricting the activities allowed hereunder to public-use, nonsecured areas and by implementing additional restrictions where necessitated by increased security threats
  • Accommodate the requests of persons and groups to engage in such activities by providing designated areas at the Airport
  • Protect the integrity of the RTAA’s contractual relationships with concessionaires and lessees at the Airport.

2.3 First Amendment Permit Rules and Regulations

Lawful picketing, leafleting, protesting or proselytizing may be conducted at the Airport only at the locations approved by the President/CEO. Applications to picket, hand out leaflets, protest or proselytize must be submitted in writing to the RTAA and approved through the issuance of a Permit by the Chief Operations and Public Safety Officer, or, during non-business hours, the Airport Duty Manager.

Information and current applications may be requested by contacting the Chief Operations and Public Safety Officer at (775) 328-6469 or Airport Operations at (775) 328-6490.

A written application must include the name of the applicant(s) or group representative along with their contact information. The application must include a brief description of the proposed activity. The application must state the date(s) and time(s) requested for the activity; provided that a Permit will not be issued for a period of time in excess of sixty days from date of issuance. The application must also identify which of the authorized locations is being requested.

A copy of any material proposed for distribution at the Airport solely for informational purposes and not for exercising any judgment on its contents shall be attached to any application for leafletting; provided that the RTAA shall not grant a Permit for the distribution of any material that is indecent or sexually explicit, portrays graphic violence, is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action or violates any federal, state or local law or regulation.

A separate Permit is required for each picket, leaflet, protest or proselytizing event.

A Permit shall be issued promptly following receipt and review of the application by the RTAA or the applicant shall be furnished a written statement setting forth why the Permit was denied.

At no time will picketing, leafleting, protesting or proselytizing be allowed within the terminal building. Permitted activity may not interfere with passengers, vehicles, aircraft or other business operations on Airport property. Permitted activity may not cause safety or security problems. Permitted activity which violates these rules will result in the revocation of the permit.

RTAA logos, insignia, badges or other media shall not be displayed.

The Chief Operations and Public Safety Officer or designee and the Chief of Airport Police are authorized to coordinate monitoring and enforcement of the provisions of this section on behalf of the President/CEO.

Issuance of a Permit does not constitute or imply the endorsement of the RTAA, its Board of Trustees or staff.

Any applicant who is denied a Permit after submission to the Chief Operations and Public Safety Officer and Public Safety or whose Permit has been revoked may appeal in writing to the President/CEO by means of a letter stating the grounds therefore. The President/CEO, in writing, shall grant, deny, reinstate, or refuse to reinstate such Permit and such decision shall constitute the final decision of the RTAA.

Fill out the permit