Aircraft Noise Certification / Permit - Australian Government

Service summary

You may require this certification or permit if you intend to operate an aircraft in Australia. All aircraft operated in Australia are required to comply with noise regulations. If your aircraft meets the noise standards it can be issued with a certificate that allows it to operate. If your aircraft does not meet the noise standards you can instead apply for a permit to operate it anyway.

Some aircraft are automatically deemed to be certified based upon advice from their manufacturer. If your aircraft's flight manual contains a statement that the aircraft complies with the relevant Australian noise laws or regulations then there is no need for you to apply for any further assessment.

If your aircraft is not certified by its manufacturer then you must obtain a certificate by showing that the aircraft complies with the noise standards.

You may be exempt from the requirement to hold a certificate if your aircraft is:

  • a state aircraft
  • a hot air balloon


  • a propeller-driven aircraft that is specifically designed, and used exclusively for, aerobatic, firefighting, agricultural or environmental operations.

If your aircraft is not exempt and you have not been able to obtain noise certification, then in order to operate the aircraft you must apply to the Agency for a permit to operate without a certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.






No fees are required.

Administering agency

Safety, Environment and Assurance

Act(s) name

Air Navigation Act 1920 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 1984 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Aircraft Noise Information Team
Safety, Environment and Assurance

Operating address:
25 Constitution Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
PO BOX 367
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601




02 62684583


02 62685693

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