Approval of an Airport Major or Master Plan - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to prepare and submit an airport Master Plan and / or Major Plan if you intend to or are operating a leased Commonwealth-owned airport. The Master Plan is a 20 year strategic vision for the airport site, which is renewed every five years. The Master Plan includes future land uses, types of permitted development, and noise and environmental impacts.

In addition, a Major Plan is required for each major development you intend to undertake at the leased airport, such as constructions of new buildings and runways.

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

In developing your Master Plan or Major Plan, you must publish Preliminary Draft Plans and invite public comment.

Following the public consultation, you must then submit the Draft Plan for approval.

For a plan to be approved it must:

  • A
chieve the required purposes of a final master plan or major plan;
  • Meet present and future requirements of civil aviation users of the airport, and other users of the airport, for services and facilities relating to the airport concerned;
  • Not have an adverse effect on the use of the land surrounding the airport;
  • Meed required safety and operational standards.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the approval.



Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.



Approval of an Airport Major or Master Plan - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Aviation and Airports

Act(s) name

Airports Act 1996 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Airports Regulations 1997 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Aviation and Airports

Operating address:
111 Alinga Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601



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