Noise Program

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), is working with Landrum & Brown to update the Noise Exposure Maps (NEM) for CLT. NEMs are maps that show aircraft noise levels surrounding an airport. They are prepared in accordance with 14 CFR PART 150 and reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Please click here to learn more information about the update process and click here to learn about the Public Meeting Notice.

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Master Plan South Land Acquisition Area
History of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP)
History of CLT’s NCP
How to File a Noise Complaint
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History of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP)

Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR), Part 150, Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) is the primary Federal regulation guiding and controlling planning for aviation noise compatibility on and around airports. It uses a balanced approach to mitigate the noise impacts of airports upon their neighbors while protecting or increasing both airport access and capacity as well as maintaining the efficiency of the national aviation system.

Implementation of noise compatibility planning was delegated to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Part 150 established procedures, standards and methodologies to be used by airport operators for the preparation of Airport Noise Exposure Maps (NEM) and Airport Noise Compatibility Programs (NCP). NCPs require airports to show what measures the airport operator has taken or proposes to take to reduce noncompatible land uses and for preventing the introduction of additional noncompatible uses within the area covered by the airport’s NEM. The Program acts as an analytical tool while also guiding coordinated efforts essential to responding to changes in both aviation and the local environment. An airport’s NEM is a basic element of the NCP.

Each airport’s program is unique to that airport’s operations. Airports are required to submit FAR Part 150 NCP to FAA for review and approval.

History of CLT's NCP

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) began to implement its federally-approved FAR Part 150 NCP in 1987. The Program was designed to use various methods to mitigate noise impact. Since the NCP’s inception, the Airport has spent more than $67 million in the local community, which includes home buyout, noise abatement, noise mitigation and rezoning property to uses compatible with CLT.

To date, nearly 1,000 homes, six churches and three schools have been insulated. Additionally, almost 400 properties in high noise zones, including mobile home parks, have been purchased by the Airport.

FAR Part 150 documents, presentations and maps:

   Noise Exposure and Contour Maps
Noise Overlay District Map *  2020 Noise Contour Map
   2015 Noise Contour Map

* The Noise Overlay District provides information to buyers related to the areas impacted by noise surrounding the Airport. Charlotte City Council adopted the Noise Overlay District in 1999 to be applied to parcels located within the city limits of Charlotte. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners did not adopt the overlay for parcels outside the city limits. Real estate professionals selling homes within the boundaries of this map, the Noise Overlay District Map, must disclose such information to all prospective buyers.

How to File a Noise Complaint

In a continuing attempt to maintain an efficient and responsive Noise Compatibility Program at CLT, the complaint process has been made more accessible and responsive. You can ask questions or file noise complaints using any of the methods below. To file a noise complaint, you must include your name, street address, city, state and zip code. Any noise complaints that do not include all of this information will not be recorded or responded to.  


1. You can click on the below link to submit a web complaint:  

2. You can call in a complaint to: 704-359-HEAR (4327)

3. You can mail a complaint to: 

Kevin M. Hennessey
Community Programs Manager
CLT Center
PO Box 19066
Charlotte, NC 28219




When making a complaint, a specific date and time of the aircraft noise disturbance is very useful.


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