Land Use Program
Aviation safety may preclude certain land uses near airports or air navigation installations, regardless of
whether other permits have been obtained.
NAV CANADA must assess all proposals for land use near airports and air navigation infrastructure
before construction begins to ensure that air navigation system safety and efficiency are not
compromised by proposed land development.
As soon as you start conceptualizing or planning a project, contact Land Use to test your idea. Consulting with Land Use often reveals impacts not easily detected before digging begins. These impacts may relate to aviation-specific regulations, operations, and safety standards that need to be considered.
Examples of Land Use Considerations
Development of New Flight Paths
(Subject to Airspace Change Communications and Consultations Protocol)
|Electronic Interference with ANS Equipment
||Resolution of Light Pollution Issues|
Selecting the Correct Submission Form
Are you planning a construction project on airport premises or are you making major changes to airport infrastructure? For example, are you developing parts of airport property into commercially used areas?
Are you submitting a land use form for one or multiple cranes?
For all other land use proposals:
Processing times vary as they are dependent on the complete and accurate submission of the respective form and the complexity of the project. Usually, NAV CANADA attempts to respond within 8 to 12 weeks.
Should you be planning a project in or around an airport, please be aware these times can go up to 12 to
18 months pending necessary mitigations. Let us know about your project as early in the planning process as possible.
Specific information submitted to NAV CANADA's Land Use department (that is, coordinates, structure heights and owner's contact information) will be distributed externally.
These external stakeholders include, but are not limited to, Transport Canada, Aerodromes, NORAD, External Design Organizations (EDOs), Department of National Defence (DND), and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for review of services for which they are responsible and maintain.
We recommend consulting:
NAV CANADA's Land Use Office assesses the impact of a proposed physical structure as it may relate to the air navigation system.
This assessment does not affect or replace approvals or permits required by Transport Canada or any
other federal government department or agency, provincial or municipal land-use authorities,
or any other agency.
Issues regarding spectrum management should be directed to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
The Land Use assessment is not a permit to start or continue a construction project.
Once Construction Starts
It is imperative that you notify Land Use of your construction start date.
Should you have received Construction Notification Form(s) with your response letter, you are required to send completed form(s) to Land Use a minimum of ten days prior to the construction date to ensure sufficient time to implement potential changes.
After Construction Completion
Should you have received Construction Completion Notification Form(s) with your response letter, you are required to send completed form(s) to Land Use once the structure has been built.
To maintain an up-to-date database, Land Use needs to be notified after a structure has been dismantled:
or when a structure changes ownership:
Additional Forms and Information
To report multiple obstacles:
For general inquiries, please refer to Transport Canada contacts
For information about land use proposals, contact:
Land Use Office
1601 Tom Roberts Road
P.O. Box 9824, Station T
Ottawa, ON K1G 6R2