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It is the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ensure that the holders of an aerodrome licence are suitable persons to hold and exercise the privileges of that licence.

The CAA uses Licensing of Aerodromes (CAP168) in support of the granting of an aerodrome licence in accordance with Article 212 of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete the appropriate application form electronically and submit via the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) customer portal.

You will need to register for an account in advance of using the portal. Please refer to the CAA Customer Portal Registration Guide (CAP1902) on how to register and use the portal. 

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How much does it cost?

Please refer to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Scheme of Charges: Aerodrome Licensing and Certification, Aerodrome Air Traffic Services Regulation, EU & EEA Air Navigation Service Providers Scheme of Charges for the costs.

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What do I need to send with my application?

You will need to provide the following information with your application:

  • Completed Application for an Aerodrome Licence (SRG2002) (for a permanent or seasonal licence) or Application for a Temporary Aerodrome Licence (SRG2003).
  • An extract from the Ordnance Survey map, size A4, showing by means of a red line the exact boundary of the proposed licensed area of the aerodrome or heliport, and its location with regards to local roads, towns and villages.
  • An Aerodrome manual, in accordance with the requirements of Schedule 12 of the Air Navigation Order and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidance material.
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What else do I need to know?

Please refer to the following information:

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

Applications should be submitted in plenty of time to allow for detailed consideration and inspection of the aerodrome before the issue of a licence. The minimum notice required is 60 days from the date a completed aerodrome manual is accepted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The interval between application and grant of a licence (or a variation thereto) may depend upon matters within the control of the applicant and no undertaking can be given that the CAA will be able to reach a decision within a particular period.

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What happens next?

The Civil Aviation Authority (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.

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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.


The Civil Aviation Authority (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 to meet the aerodrome licensee's obligations under the Air Navigation Order.

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