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Noise Advisory Program

Please visit PublicVue to report aircraft noise.

Noise Advisory Goals

The Goals for the Santa Barbara Airport Noise Advisory Program are as follows:

  •  Achieve airport operations that are compatible with the surrounding communities.
  •  Provide the region with facilities for access to the National Air Transportation System using the newest, quietest aircraft available.
  •  Maintain a continuing dialogue between the Airport, Airport users, and the surrounding community through the Noise Abatement Program. 
  •  SBA Noise Advisory Program Overview 2019
  •  SBA Noise Reports

Procedures for Santa Barbara Airport


  SBA PublicVue Portal: Web-Based Noise Complaint Entry and Flight Tracking


 Noise Advisory Hotline number to register a complaint: 805-967-1900 (24 Hours) 

 For questions about flying the noise abatement procedures: Contact Kellie Reed at,
 or at 805-692-6011.

Noise Advisory History at SBA

The SBA Noise Advisory Committee was established in 1978 under the direction of then Airport Director, Patrick R. Murphy. The committee's first meeting was held in January 1979 and included representatives from the Airport Department, FAA, Goleta Chamber, County of Santa Barbara, UCSB, the airlines, Air Transport Association, Santa Barbara Pilots' Association and the fixed base operators.

Noise Program Highlights

1988 - United Airlines introduces Stage III "quiet aircraft" to Santa Barbara.
1989 - FAA approves Santa Barbara Airport Noise Exposure Maps & the Noise Compatibility Program.
1992 - Remote noise monitoring system is installed.
1998 - New state-of-the-art computerized noise monitoring system, the first of its kind in the US is installed.
2001 - Airport begins update to its FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program.
What are the rules regarding how low an aircraft can fly over a residential area?
Aircraft altitude is established by Federal law. Title 14, Coder of Federal Regulations Section 91.119 which governs flight states: "Except when necessary for takeoff of landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitude: Over any congested area of a city, town or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft."
It is important to be aware of two aspects of this regulation. First, most aircraft operating in the vicinity of the Santa Barbara Airport are in the process of landing or taking off, thus this regulation does not apply. Second, helicopters are specifically exempted from this Federal regulation.

My concern really isn't noise, it's safety. Who should I contact?
Specific safety complaints should be filed with the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office at 818-267-3300. 

A copy of the AIRPORT NOISE AND LAND USE COMPATIBILITY PLAN UPDATE can be viewed at the following locations:

  • Santa Barbara Airport Administration Office 601 Firestone Rd, Santa Barbara CA. 93117
  • Santa Barbara Main Library, 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
  • Goleta Branch Library 500 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta CA. 93117

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2019
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