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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.

National approval, issued under the Air Navigation Order and covers design, manufacture, certification, maintenance, continuing airworthiness management and flight testing of aircraft excluded from UK Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, as amended, including those aircraft listed in Annex I (commonly referred to as Non-Part 21 aircraft).


  • The organisation must already hold an approval issued by the CAA under the Air Navigation order.

How much does it cost?

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

  • Correctly completed applications will be processed, acknowledged and passed to the Regional Office for investigation within 10 working days.
  • Approval certificates will be processed and dispatched within 20 working days following receipt of a recommendation from a CAA regional office.

How long is it valid for?

  • Once approval is granted a biannual recommendation for continuation must be made by the CAA Surveyor.
  • Approvals remain valid unless cancelled, suspended or revoked
  • Requests to change open applications should be discussed with Applications and Approvals (A&A) in the first instance. In some cases a new application may be required. Please note that once the regional office has started the investigation, changes to the application cannot be considered.

Changing the Nominated Postholder or Accountable manager

Changes to the key personnel in an organisation must be notified to CAA.

Please ensure that the CAA policy on fitness of character is fully understood before submission of an application.

You can add or remove/change the details of one or several people, including identifying their role(s) and the types of approval(s) they have responsibility for, by completing the Change of Accountable Manager or Nominated Postholder form. The form caters for both non-Part 21 aircraft approvals and Part 21 aircraft approvals within the scope of UK Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 and its delegated and implementing act. There is no charge for changes of personnel.

Please note that for changes of Nominated Postholder, an updated Continuing Airworthiness Management Exposition and completed AD458 “Details of Senior Staff” form will need to be attached to the application.

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What else do I need to know?

  • SRG 1741
  • AD 461
  • AD 458
  • Declaration of organisation compliance for issue of Certificates of Validity
  • CAP 553, BCAR regulations for approvals
  • CAP 562, Leaflet C20 for information on requirements set for CAA approval of an organisation
  • CAP 562, Leaflet 1-18 for information on changes of company name and company registration number
  • CAP 747, for Non-Part 21 aircraft types
  • UK Part 66 aircraft listing for State aircraft types
  • Guidance when making an application for BCAR A8-23, A8-24 and A8-25 Approvals
  • Payments can be made by credit or debit card or bank transfer or with 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.
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What do I need to include with my application?

On application;

  • Completed form SRG 1741
  • Relevant fee
  • A completed organisation internal Audit Report (including objective evidence) to confirm the organisation is complaint and ready for the CAA audit
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation from Companies House for company name changes
    (not applicable if applicant is trading as an individual or partnership)
  • Declaration of organisation compliance
    (for applications for privilege to issue Certificates of Validity)
  • A draft copy of the Company Exposition

On investigation;

  • Company manual amendment
  • AD461
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How do I apply?

  • Complete application form SRG 1741
  • Send the completed form to Organisation Approvals team with the relevant fee and a copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Organisation Approvals team will process the application and acknowledge within 10 working days
  • Organisation Approvals team will forward a copy of the application to the local CAA regional office.
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What happens next?

  • A CAA regional office local to the applicant will contact them to discuss the investigation
  • The applicant submits the Company Manual amendment and AD461 if applicable to the regional office Surveyor.
  • The Surveyor may carry out an on-site audit and will follow this with a formal notification of all audit items that need corrective action
  • The Surveyor will assess the company manual amendment.
  • The applicant should address any audit findings and provide written notification of root cause and corrective action taken.
  • The Surveyor will assess the organisation's proposed corrective actions. Actions will be discussed with the applicant if necessary and, when able to, the Surveyor will close the audit.
  • When able to do so, the Surveyor will make a recommendation for the grant of the change to the approval. The recommendation will be sent to Organisation Approvals team.
  • The Organisation Approvals team will issue the approval certificate and send original to the applicant.
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