Cranes, Lifting Devices, and Vertical Obstacles

Operation of Cranes and Lifting Devices

Operation of Cranes and Lifting Devices

The safe operation of all flights is the highest priority of all operators. This includes the airport, airlines, cargo operators, charters, medical transfers, and the general public.

To ensure that the airspace around the airport remains free of obstacles the airport works with stakeholders who require the use of a crane or lifting device. Whether it is a new construction site, a renovation of an existing property, site preparation, drilling, etc. the airport needs to be made aware in advance of the planned date of use in order to review:

  • Device operating height, and whether it is a violation of an obstacle limitation surface (OLS) around the airport that the airport is required to maintain; clear of all obstructions to allow aircraft to safety arrive, depart, turn, climb, descend, or otherwise maneuver;
  • Device location in order to determine proximity to the airport (for example the closer to the airport the lower the allowable height will be);
  • Device physical characteristics, such as colour, lighting, etc. so the device can be easily identified by air operators;
  • Time and date of planned use to ensure that the device can be seen and avoided at all times.

Following a review of a crane and lifting device application the airport will provide feedback; approving the application or requesting additional information.

The information in the approved application is then provided to Nav Canada by the airport, who in turn advises aircraft operators of the devices location, height, colour, etc. that was listed in the application.

Without an approved crane and lifting device application the lifting operation will be immediately stopped, the device lowered, and investigation initiated; maintaining safe airport and aircraft operations.

Download the Crane and Lifting Devices Application.

Applications must be submitted a minimum of 5 days before the planned date and time of use. Device is prohibited to be used until the application is approved.

NO COST OR FEE: To promote and ensure safety the review of all crane and lifting device applications is free of all costs to all applicants.



No person shall erect or construct, on any land to which these Regulations apply, any building, structure or object or any addition to any existing building, structure or object, the highest point of which will exceed in elevation at that point any of the surfaces hereinafter set out that project immediately over and above the surface of the land at that location.

~ North Bay Airport Zoning Regulations, C.R.C., c. 99


Vertical Obstacles - Natural Growth of Trees and Vegetation

As with structures, cranes, and lifting devices, natural growth such as trees and vegetation may intrude into the obstacle limitation surface (OLS) and may therefore need to be addressed or remedied. For specific information please contact the airport at 705-474-3026.


Where an object of natural growth on any land to which these Regulations apply exceeds in elevation any of the surfaces set out in paragraphs 5(a) to (c), the Minister may make a direction that the owner or occupier of the land on which that object is growing remove the excessive growth thereof.

~ North Bay Airport Zoning Regulations, C.R.C., c. 99


Other Obstacles

For information regarding other obstacles and their potential impact please contact the airport at 705-474-3026. Additional information is available from Transport Canada also.

Reference: North Bay Airport Zoning Regulations