Buchanan Field Noise Program

Airports staff takes community concerns seriously and continuously works with pilots and Airport businesses to reduce noise disturbances to neighboring, noise sensitive communities by communicating the Buchanan Field Noise Program

This page is a resource for understanding what the County Airports is doing to minimize noise and disturbances, learn about how noise complaints are handled, and/or Submit a Complaint.
Airport Noise Sign Mt. Diablo
  1. Noise Program
  2. FAA Air Traffic Control
  3. Submit a Complaint
  4. Aviation Advisory Committee

What is the County Airports Division doing to minimize noise?

  • The Airports Noise Ordinance states that only aircraft that operate at or below 78 dBA are allowed to operate at Buchanan Field. From 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM, the noise threshold is lowered to 75 dBA. FAA document AC36-3H lists the sound levels for all aircraft, so pilots can know if/when to fly to CCR.
  • Touch-and-go and pattern operations are restricted from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM (8:00 AM on Sat/Sun)
  • Airports staff maintains active communication with Airport pilots and businesses to minimize noise and disturbances associated with the Airports.
  • The Noise Management Program provides aircraft specific noise abatement procedures for CCR pilots.
  • Pilots are asked to avoid flying over residential neighborhoods whenever possible.
  • The Noise Complaint Process includes researching complaints using FAA ATCT flight recordings to determine if specific aircraft are in violation of FAA Rules and Regulations. 
  • Educating the public about benefits the Airports provide and how services may contribute to noise.
  • Remember: Not all aircraft noise in the area is associated with Contra Costa County Airports. There are over 25 airports in the greater Bay Area.

FAA Air Traffic Control Tower at Buchanan Field


Airplane Landing on Runway 19R