Officially-safeguarded aerodromes are specified certificated and licensed aerodromes which are afforded safeguarding protection by UK Government (Department for Transport) to ensure their operation and development are not inhibited by proposed buildings, structures or constructions which might infringe the established obstacle limitation surfaces (OLS), or obscure runway approach lights or have the potential to impair the performance of aerodrome navigation aids, radio aids or telecommunication systems.

Operators of licensed aerodromes which are not officially safeguarded, and operators of unlicensed aerodromes and sites for other aviation activities (for example gliding or parachuting) should take steps to protect their locations from the effects of possible adverse development by establishing an agreed consultation procedure between themselves and the local planning authority or authorities.

Airports establish a consultation process with the LPAs for their safeguarded zones established for the respective runway(s) and may include:

Safeguarding Maps

Safeguarding maps are produced and submitted to LPAs affected by these safeguarded zones.

The airport will agree a consultation process with the LPA and review it regularly.

This process is supported by DfT/ODPM Circular 1/2003: Safeguarding of Aerodromes, Technical Sites and Military Explosives Storage Areas: The Town and Country Planning (Safeguarded Aerodromes, Technical Sites and Military Explosive Storage Areas) Direction.