• It is the responsibility of the CAA to ensure that the holders of an aerodrome licence are competent and suitable persons to exercise the privileges of that licence. The CAA uses CAP 168 Licensing of Aerodromes in support of the granting of an aerodrome licence in accordance with Article 211 of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2009.


    The CAA must be satisfied that the applicant for, or holder of an aerodrome licence has control over or access to the operational areas of the aerodrome in order for him to meet his obligations under the Air Navigation Order.

    How much does it cost?

    Please refer to the CAA Scheme of Charges.

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

    The licensing process will take a minimum of 60 days from the date on which the aerodrome manual is agreed with the CAA.

    It is important that applicants submit the required paperwork sufficiently early to allow for detailed consideration of the application, and for inspection of the site. The CAA cannot undertake to reach a licensing decision within a particular time scale or to meet a commercial deadline of the applicant.

    How long is it valid for?

    • A permanent aerodrome licence is issued without an expiry date, but an annual licence fee is payable. The licence will remain in force until it is varied, suspended or revoked.
    • A seasonal aerodrome licence is used for a period exceeding 12 days but not exceeding 12 months.
    • A temporary aerodrome licence is issued for a period not exceeding 12 consecutive days.


    Complete the appropriate application form electronically, then print, sign and send with the required supporting documentation to:


    Civil Aviation Authority
    Aerodrome Licensing Officer
    Aerodrome and Air Traffic Standards Team
    Aviation House
    West Sussex
    RH6 0YR


    • The CAA will process the application, which includes internal review by relevant CAA business areas and an inspection of the aerodrome
    • On successful application, the licence will be posted to the applicant by Special Delivery, or hand delivered by Aerodrome Inspections at audit.