Construction and development on the airport

A rigorous development assessment process has been established to enable Sydney Airport to address its obligations under the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996.

Section 2.3 of our Airport Environment Strategy describes the assessment process undertaken for new developments on the airport.

If a proposed development has the potential to impact on the environment, an environmental assessment must be undertaken.

Sydney Airport, the Airport Environment Officer, the Airport Building Controller and, in some circumstances, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport or Minister for the Environment and Energy can either refuse to permit a proposed development or impose conditions on a proposed development to ensure any environmental impacts are eliminated or minimised.

All development proposals at Sydney Airport are subject to a thorough planning and environmental impact assessment process undertaken by Sydney Airport’s planning and environment departments. Sydney Airport must consider this strategy, Master Plan 2039, the Airports Act and the EPBC Act prior to granting any development approval. This ensures that developments are designed, constructed and managed in an environmentally responsible and appropriate manner.