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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

What is it?

An exemption under the Air Navigation Order (ANO) can be from many different articles. Your application will be considered as long as you provide proper justification.

Who can apply?

The aircraft owner, maintenance organisation, continuing airworthiness management organisation (BCAR CAMO) or any individual authorised to act on the aircraft owner’s behalf.

If you’re an individual you can apply as long as your aircraft is registered in the UK.

If you’re an organisation you need to have a UK CAA approval for exemption requests against organisational requirements.

How much does it cost?


For further information about cost, please see the Scheme of Charges.

How long will it take to be processed?

As long as you give us all the required information, you should be issued your exemption in 10 working days after we receive it.

How long is it valid for?

Validity is assessed on a case by case basis .

What do I need to include with my application?

  • Your form completed online
  • Your fee
  • Justifications for the maintained level of safety
  • Full details of the reason you're applying
  • Any supporting documents
    • Type Certificate Holder (TCH) documentation
    • Copy of Airworthiness Directive/ Mandatory Permit Directive
  • Rectification plan

If you need an exemption for a fleet of aircraft we need you to tell us the aircraft type.

If you are applying for a repeat exemption, you need to provide your previous exemption number.

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What happens next?

Once you've paid and submitted your form, your application will be passed for assessment.

At this stage, you may be contacted for further supporting information.

If you are granted the exemption, you will receive a letter and exemption approval.

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