Moving into the Area

With residential and commercial communities located immediately adjacent to our airport boundary, the protection of Airspace is a major focus. EAPL is working with the Federal, State and Local Governments to support improvements in planning outcomes that will improve the safety and viability of operations in the Melbourne region.

EAPL has worked with the Moonee Valley City Council to finalise a planning scheme amendment for Design Development Overlays relating to building height restrictions in areas under the runway approach and departure paths. Amendment C121 was subsequently approved by the Victorian Minister for Planning and is now included in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. An Airport Environs Overlay has not been prepared for Essendon Airport.


For those considering a move into the area we recommend the following:

  • Refer to Chapter 8 of the EAPL Master Plan (Aircraft Noise and Airspace Management) 
  • Speak to people already living in the area
  • Spend time in the location to gain an understanding of aircraft activity and noise level. Try to cover both day and night periods 
  • Consider logging onto the Airservices Australia website to use the WebTrak tool which will allow you to investigate actual flight movements over the location that you may be considering. See further details in the Aviation tab of the website
  • Review the current Air Noise Exposure Forecast plan (See further details in the Aviation tab of the website).  This shows the forecast noise levels for residential zones close to the airport and can be obtained on our website
  • You should also refer your building advisors to the Airspace Charts of page 79 – 87 of the Master Plan

If you have further questions after following the above process you can get further advice from Essendon Airport via the enquiry link on our website under the Contact tab  or calling 03 9948 9400.