• Please visit the CAA's EU exit microsite for information and guidance relating to UK’s exit from the European Union. 

    As part of this preparation, the CAA will now accept Design Organisation applications from organisations with their principal place of business located within the UK.

    Regulation EU No 748/2012 determines the rules for the certification of design and production organisations. Part-21 subpart J of this regulation concerns the Design of aircraft or the associated components.

    Pre-requisites

    Who should apply?

    • Design organisations should have their principal place of business located in the UK.
    • Organisations with their principal place of business located outside the UK, including the Channel Islands, should apply directly to their local national airworthiness authority

    Organisations needing to change a Registered Company or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Number will require a new initial approval as it cannot be classed as a change to an existing approval. See CAP 562, Leaflet C-30 for further information.

    How much does it cost?

    See the Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges.

    If the number of hours taken by the CAA to carry out its investigations in relation to the application exceeds the cost shown above, the applicant must pay an excess hourly charge. The CAA shall determine the excess hourly charge by taking the total number of excess hours taken by the CAA to complete the required investigations in relation to the application and multiplying that number of hours by an hourly charge. The balance for the excess hourly charge (total hourly charge less initial charge already paid) is payable by the applicant to the CAA and will be invoiced to the applicant.

    Payments can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer or by a cheque made payable to the Civil Aviation Authority.

    When using bank transfer, it would be helpful if you could please identify what the payment is for by including your approval reference and receiving department.

    How long will it take for the application to be processed?

    • Correctly completed applications will be processed, acknowledged and passed to Airworthiness Department for investigation within 10 working days.
    • Once your application has been processed and payment taken, a surveyor will contact you to discuss the next steps and time frames which you can expect. 
    • Approval certificates will be processed and dispatched within 20 working days following receipt of a recommendation from a CAA Surveyor. No approval certificate will be issued prior to 29 March 2019

    How long is it valid for?

    • Approvals remain valid unless cancelled, suspended or revoked.
    • Once granted an approval requires a recommendation for continuation every 24 months from the date of issue. This is raised by the CAA Surveyor following a satisfactory audit programme.
    • Regulation (EC) 748/2012
    • Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges
    • CAP 747 Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness
    • CAP 562 - Leaflet C-30 - 'CAA Approvals - Non-Transferability'
    • Approval Categories:
      • Type Certificates
      • Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) / Major Repair
      • Minor Changes / Minor Repairs
      • Equipment Approvals (Part 21J ADOA) 

    • A completed application form submitted by an Authorised Representative of the Company e.g. the proposed Accountable Manager 
    • A copy of the existing EASA approval certificate.
    • A copy of the latest EASA approved Design Organisation Handbook (including any associated procedures)
    • A copy of the company Certificate of Incorporation if your organisation is trading as a registered company.
    • A copy of current EASA approved Form 4's for all applicable personnel.
    • A copy of the latest audit report(s) from the EASA containing all outstanding findings and related corrective action plan, as well as enforcement actions (if any).
    • A completed organisation internal Audit Report (including objective evidence) to confirm the organisation is complaint to applicable regulation.
    • A completed CAA Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 Compliance Checklist
    • A completed SRG 1760 form (Principal Place of Business Key Facts form) if your organisation is trading as a registered company
    • Payment of the relevant fee

    Note: If any of the required documents are missing the CAA may reject your application and you will required to re-apply once the documents are available. 

    • You will receive an automated email receipt for your application submission. 
    • Once your application has been processed and payment taken, a surveyor will contact you to discuss the next steps and time frames which you can expect. 
    • No approval certificate can be issued prior to the UK's formal withdrawal from the EU on the 29 March 2019.