Airspace Noise Concerns

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is dedicated to assisting our residents with airspace noise concerns. While the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has no authority over airspace, the City can direct citizens with their noise concerns to the appropriate aviation agencies.  


Aircraft Identification and Flight Path

Knowing the type of aircraft and flight path is important in determining which airport hotline to contact. Aviation activity over or near the Peninsula typically divides into 2 categories: General Aviation Aircraft and Scheduled Air Transport.

  • General Aviation refers to all flights other than military and scheduled airline and cargo flights. General aviation aircraft flying over or near the Palos Verdes Peninsula often depart and land at Torrance Airport and are typically small fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters.
  • Scheduled Air Transport includes a wide range of jet and turbo-prop aircraft operating on regularly scheduled routes. Scheduled aircraft flying over or near the Palos Verdes Peninsula are typically leaving or departing from LAX.

Filing a Noise Complaint

The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) launched a new mobile friendly portal for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The portal offers an interactive site, for both filing noise complaints from jets departing and arriving from LAX as well as explanations on how Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures affect aircraft noise levels.  For more information, click here.   

Torrance Municipal Airport

Visit the Torrance Noise Abatement website, or call Torrance Noise Abatement at (310) 784-7950.

LAX Los Angeles International Airport

Website - LAX WebTrakwebsite to view and identify aircraft operations.
Form - LAX WebForm to file noise complaints.
Phone - Call the noise compliant hotline (424) 626-6473 to file noise complaints.
Mobile - From your Iphone or Android mobile device, file a complaint.

Long Beach Airport

Visit the Long Beach Airport Noise Office to file a noise complaint or call the Long Beach noise complaint hotline at (562) 570-2665.

Hawthorne Municipal Airport

Call the Hawthorne Municipal Noise Line at (424) 307-1810 or file a complaint.   

Compton/Woodley Airport

File a complaint or call (310) 631-8140.  

Santa Monica Municipal Airport

File a complaint or call (310) 458-8692.  


Fixed wing aircraft can fly no lower than 1,000 feet above the ground over the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. To report a low-flying plane, please call the Long Beach Flight Standards District Office at (562) 377-5400.


The LAX Community Noise Roundtable was created in September 2000 and it is intended to reduce and mitigate the adverse noise impacts that the users of Los Angeles International Airport create on the surrounding communities. Membership of the Roundtable consists of local officials and staff, representatives of congressional office, members of recognized community groups, the Federal Aviation Administration, the airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) staff. This forum provides a mechanism that attempts to ensure cooperation between the Airport and local impacted communities in achieving noise impact reduction to those communities, wherever possible, without shifting noise from one community to another. Before COVID-19, the Roundtable met on the second Wednesday of every odd numbered month and may schedule additional meetings as needed. Before COVID-19, the public meetings started at 6:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles International Airport Clifton A. Moore Administration Building at 1 World Way (after COVID-19, for online meeting date and time, visit the LAWA website). Click here to sign up for the City’s list serve to receive a reminder about the next scheduled Roundtable meeting.  If you have questions about the LAX Community Noise Roundtable meetings, which are administered by the LAWA Environmental Noise Planning Staff, you may contact LAWA Staff directly at (424) 646-6508 or email  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes staff representative on the Roundtable is Robert Nemeth, associate land use planner in the community development department at (310) 544-5285.