Public Safety Zones

Information on Public Safety Zones policy and administration

What is a Public Safety Zone?

Public Safety Zones are areas of land at the end of runways established at the busiest airports in the UK, within which certain planning restrictions apply.  These aim to control the number of people on the ground at risk in the unlikely event of an aircraft accident on take-off or landing.

Who is responsible for PSZ policy?

The Department for Transport is responsible for Public Safety Zones policy. Further information, including contact details, can be found below:

The basic policy objective governing the restriction of development near civil airports is that there should be no increase in the number of people living, working or congregating in PSZs and that over time the number should be reduced as circumstances allow (e.g. when any redevelopment takes place).

Following an internal DfT review, it has been concluded that the administration of PSZ policy will be carried out by the CAA.  The CAA has, therefore, taken over responsibility for the implementation of new PSZs and the review and update of existing PSZs, as instructed by DfT (see DfT statement on Airport Public Safety Zones). 

Any queries regarding the activities during a PSZ review should be addressed to:

Aerodrome Development Team
Aerodrome and Air Traffic Standards Division
Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex  RH6 0YR

Queries regarding PSZ policy should be addressed to:

Also please see Public Safety Zones - FAQs

PSZ Reviews  

Southend Airport

Closed 20 August 2014

Exeter Airport

Open - Comments should be received by 25 September 2014.

Blackpool Airport 

Closed 28 November 2013 - Nil comment

Aberdeen Airport  

Closed 29 August 2013 - Nil comment 

Leeds Bradford Airport Closed 4 April 2013
Farnborough AirportClosed 10 January 2013
London Stansted AirportClosed 7 June 2012 - Nil comment
Liverpool Airport Closed 19 April 2012 - Nil comment
Birmingham Airport

Closed 15 March 2012 - Nil comment

London Gatwick Airport    

Closed 12 October 2011- Nil comment

London City AirportClosed 14 March 2011 - Nil comment
BournemouthClosed 30 September 2010 - Nil comment
NewcastleClosed 23 August 2010 - Nil comment
Bristol Closed 23 August 2010 - Nil comment