Building Activities

Essendon Airport is located on Commonwealth Land and as such, the State legislation as it relates to the building approval process does not apply. Building works at Essendon Airport are instead subject to regulatory controls by the Federal Government under the Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996.

An Airport Building Controller (ABC) is appointed by the Commonwealth Government to ensure that activities at Essendon Airport meet the relevant building and engineering standards. The ABC must be notified about any and all construction activities and formal approval given by way of a Building or Works Permit before works commence. This includes new buildings, fit-outs, civil works such as roads and drains, trenching, excavation and demolition activities.

Under the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996, some building activities are exempt from a formal application process. However, it is a requirement of the Regulations that the ABC is notified of these works.

For an application for a building activity to be successful at Essendon Airport, it must be consistent with the Essendon Airport Master Plan. In addition to a building permit from the ABC, a separate Planning Consent from the Airport Operator may also be required regarding Use of Land and/or Buildings and Works.

Applicants are advised to contact EAPL at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their proposal.