Obstacle Notice 5/2020 Consent Letters from Airports
All obstacle applicants must obtain permission letters from the licensed aerodrome if an obstacle is within a radius of 8 / 15 km (as applicable) from such an aerodrome. Aerodrome contacts may be obtained by clicking here...
Reference is made to SA-CAR Part 139 & the following extract from ICAO Doc 9137, Part 6;
ICAO Doc 9137, Part 6 (AIRPORT SERVICES MANUAL, PART 6, CONTROL OF OBSTACLES)
Controlling Obstacles at an Airport
2.2.4 Ultimate responsibility for limitation and control of obstacles must, in practice, rest with the airport operator. This includes the responsibility for controlling obstacles on airport property and for arranging the removal or lowering of existing obstacles outside the airport boundaries. The Iatter obligation can be met by negotiations leading to purchase or condemnation (where authorized) of air easements or title to the properly.
2.2.5 Each airport manager should designate a member of his staff to be responsible for the continuing process of making sure that airport approach, departure and manoeuvring areas remain clear of obstacles which may jeopardize safety. The airport manager, or his designee, should work closely with government agencies at all levels, national and local, to ensure that all possible steps have been taken to prevent erection of obstacles, including providing information to zoning authorities on the location, length, orientation and elevation of runways on which obstacle limitation surfaces are based. The airport manager must maintain constant vigilance to prevent erection of obstacles around his airport and he should alert other agencies to potential problems which may arise under their jurisdiction order to fulfil these obligations, the airport manager should establish a programme of regular and frequent visual inspections of all areas around the airport in order to ensure that any construction activity or natural growth (i.e. trees) likely to infringe any of the obstacle limitation surfaces is discovered before it may become a problem. This inspection programme should also include a dally observation of all obstacle lights, both on and off the airport, and corrective action in the case of light failure.
Obstacle Notice 4/2020 Amending Obstacle Information
Kindly note that with immediate effect, assessments will be conducted on the obstacle information as it stands in the application as provided to the Obstacle Inspectorate.
Should applicants wish to amend the information in an application, applicants will be required to resubmit a new application which will be subject to the fees as published in Part 187.
Please also note that obstacle assessments will be conducted on obstacles applications only after payment in full has been received and confirmed by our finance office.
Obstacle Notice 3/2020 (Replacement for 17/11/2017): Additional Requirements for Solar Project Applications
Kindly note that with immediate effect, A Glint & Glare Assessment will be required as soon as the proposed site is located on the extended runway centreline within the ICAO Annex 14 Approach Surface, Take-Off Climb Surface & Departure Surface, and within 3km radius around an Aerodrome/helistop as pe Part 139.01.30 (3).
The new solar project applications must be accompanied by a Glint & Glare Impact Assessment Report with specific relevance to aviation & aircraft operations. It is recommended that a Glint & Glare Impact Assessment Report be obtained for solar project applications which have already been submitted to the SACAA.
There are various organisations who can perform glint & glare impact assessment. It is however recommended that a credible organisation be utilised for this purpose.
Please note that the cost for any Impact Assessment Report will be for the account of the applicant.
Queries regarding this requirement can be directed to the Obstacle Inspectorate.
Obstacle Notice 2/2020
Guidance regarding obstacle lighting on Wind Turbine Generators under construction, please go to Guidance Documents and Windfarm Obstacle Lighting for more information. Also see AIC 003/2020. Wind Farm Turbine Sets.
Obstacle Notice 1/2020: New Obstacle Application Fee effective from 1 April 2020
Kindly note that new user fees relating to the application and approval of obstacles have been promulgated and will become effective on 1 April 2020.
For more information please refer to Government Gazette No 43064 by clicking on this link.
Obstacle Application Process:
Please click here for information on the Obstacle Application Process.
Obstacle Notice 6/2019: New Obstacle Application Forms
Please note that new Obstacle Application Forms, CA 139-27 (Application for approval of obstacles) & CA 139-26 (Wind farm application form) dated 11 November 2018, are available under Forms. Obstacle applicants are requested to refrain from using the old forms & only use the new forms dated 11 November 2018 when submitting applications.
Obstacle Notice 5/2019: Application Requirements for Developments, Township Development Plans or Rezoning Applications
Applicants for Developments, Township Development Plans or Rezoning Applications are requested to take note of the following:
The contact details for ATNS is:
ObstacleEvaluator ATNSHeadOfficeTel: +2711 6071000(AskforObstacleEvaluators) Email: ObstacleEvaluators@atns.co.za
Queries regarding this requirement can be directed to the Obstacle Inspectorate (Contact details available here).
Obstacle Notice 4/2019: As Built Submission Spreadsheet
Applicants & Structure Owners are requested to take note that an "As Built Submission Spreadsheet" is available under "Forms" for the submission of "as built" structure information. Please take note of the Instructions & Explanatory Notes as it contains important information on how to complete the form. Failure to adhere to these instructions could lead to the submission being rejected.
Obstacle Notice 3/2019: Request for Amendment of Obstacle Application or Approval
Applicants are requested to follow the following procedure when requesting an amendment to an obstacle application or approval:
Obstacle Notice 2/2019: New Obstacle Application Fee effective from 1 May 2019
Kindly note that new user fees relating to the application and approval of obstacles have been promulgated in Government Gazette No 42362 dated 29 March 2019 & will become effective on 1 May 2019.
New Fee wef 1 May 2019
For more information please refer to Government Gazette No 42362 available by clicking on this link.
Obstacle Notice 1/2019: Central Obstacle Mailbox
Kindly send emails for applications, amendments, proof of payment, follow-ups, etc to the central obstacle mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) only. All the Obstacle Inspectorate staff have access to this mailbox. Using this mailbox will prevent individual mailboxes from being inundated with duplicate emails & will allow other Obstacle Inspectorate staff to attend to queries should the individual(s) not be available.
Obstacle Notice 6/2018: New Obstacle Application Forms
Obstacle Notice 5/2018: Application Requirements for Developments, Township Development Plans or Rezoning Applications
The construction site extent, specified as a radius in metres, from the centre point of the site to the furthest point of the site (i.e. A circle, centred on the centre point of the site & drawn with the radius specified, will encompass the whole site.
Obstacle Notice 3/2018: Reduction in Obstacle
Application Processing & Approval Time
Kindly note that the Obstacle Inspectorate will endeavour to process obstacle applications within 30 working days of receipt of payment. Approvals can only be released once payment was received & verified. Applicants are encouraged to make payment on submission of application (See Obstacle Notice 1/2018 & 2/2018 in this regard). The "FAO" Customer ID can be obtained from the Obstacle Inspectorate (See Contact Details).
Applicants who require proforma invoices before payment can be made are to take note that proforma invoices are only valid for 30 days from date of issue. To prevent administrative delays applicants are requested to pay proforma invoices as soon as it is received & to make full payment (not part payment for selected applications on the invoice). Please follow the guidelines as outlined in Obstacle Notice 2/2018 with regards to the submission of proof of payment.
Obstacle Notice 2/2018: Requirements for Payment
of Obstacle Applications
When making payment (bank deposit or EFT) for the obstacle applications, applicants are requested to use specific payment references. Please click here for guidelines on Payment Reference Requirements. .
Obstacle Notice 5/2017 (17/11/2017): Additional Requirements for Telecommunication Structure Applications
Kindly note that all new telecommunication structure applications should be accompanied by a site plan & engineer/design drawings of the structure (the same design documents normally submitted to local councils). This is to verify the correctness of the application data, assist with the determination of marking and/or lighting requirements as well as for record purposes.
Obstacle Notice 4/2017 (17/11/2017): Additional Requirements for Solar Project Applications
Kindly note that with immediate effect, all new solar project applications must be accompanied by a Glint & Glare Impact Assessment Report with specific relevance to aviation & aircraft operations. It is recommended that a Glint & Glare Impact Assessment Report be obtained for solar project applications which have already been submitted to the SACAA.
Obstacle Notice 3/2017 (17/11/2017): Additional Requirements for Crane Applications
To reduce the amount of applications for cranes situated on the same construction site, applicants are requested to take note of the following:
Obstacle Notice 2/2017 (17/11/2017): Additional Requirements for Wind Farm Applications
Kindly note that with immediate effect, all new wind farm applications have to be accompanied by an aviation Communication, Navigation & Surveillance (CNS) Impact Assessment Report obtained from ATNS. It is recommended that a CNS Impact Assessment Report be obtained from ATNS for wind farm applications which have already been submitted to the SACAA. Please note that the requirement is for an CNS Impact Assessment Report and not a letter from the organisation.
Obstacle EvaluatorATNS Head Office Tel: +27 11 607
1000 (Ask for Obstacle Evaluators)Email: ObstacleEvaluators@atns.co.za
These reports must be forwarded to email@example.com with the subject line "Wind Farm CNS Impact Assessment Report – (Applicant Company Name) - (Wind Farm Project Name)", where '(Applicant Company Name)' is the company name of the applicant & '(Wind Farm Project Name)' the name of the wind farm project.
Applications which might affect South African Air Force (SAAF) or South African Weather Service (SAWS) infrastructure will be communicated to the applicant & will be addressed through the appropriate channels.
Obstacle Notice 3/2016: Requirements when following up on submitted applications
In order to expedite queries regarding the approval status of applications, applicants/owners are kindly requested to complete the spreadsheet "Approval Status – Your Comp Name – Your Ref Nr v20160704.xlsx" available by clicking here. Please note that this spreadsheet might request log-in details. To open the spreadsheet, click on the "Cancel" button. It will then open in Excel.
Comments are inserted on each if the field names to assist with the population of the spreadsheet. Kindly email the spreadsheet to the Obstacle Section with the "Subject" line as indicated below. Kindly also rename the spreadsheet the same as the subject line used.
To: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Approval Status – (Your Company Name) – (Your Reference Number)
To assist with the verification of payment, kindly attach any issued Proforma Invoices/Invoices and the Proof of Payment to the emails. Please refer to Notice 2/2016 (Urgent Notice Regarding Payment for Obstacle Applications) regarding the payment requirements.
Your cooperation in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
Obstacle Application Process
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