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Applying for a permit for unmanned aerial vehicles


A permit may be required to operate a flight model or unmanned aerial vehicle. Whether you need a permit depends on the device and location.

You do not need a permit if your aircraft:

  • has a total mass of less than five kilograms,
  • only has an electric drive (the number of drives does not matter),
  • is operated only during the day and within sight,
  • is operated at a distance of more than 1,5 kilometres from the boundary of aerodromes (i.e. airports, commercial and special landing sites and gliding grounds),
  • does not use the controlled airspace (e.g. control zones at airports),
  • does not fly higher than 100 meters above ground or water (except for operation on approved model aircraft areas or the controller in the operation of flight models has a corresponding certificate or valid flight license),
  • flight over certain areas, facilities and facilities is not generally prohibited.

If the list does not apply to your aircraft/flight model, you need an operating permit from the responsible aviation authority for the area in Saxony-Anhalt and, if necessary, the air traffic control approval from the tower of the Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS) of the airport.

For the operation of unmanned aircraft systems over 2 kg take-off mass, proof of knowledge has been required since 1 October 2017 (§ 21d LuftVO). This can be obtained from a position recognised by the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA) after a successful theoretical examination. A list of these positions can be found on the LBA website.

If you need a permit to operate your unmanned flight model, apply for it in writing and submit the completed and signed application including the documents to the responsible body.

In order to examine your application, the Aviation Authority shall seek the opinion of other interested parties. After successful examination, you will receive permission in the form of a written notification.

Please contact the responsible aviation authority of the state - the State Administration Office of Saxony-Anhalt.

  • Social
  • Information/evidence of knowledge/experience of taxpayers
  • Social
  • Information/evidence of knowledge/experience of taxpayers
  • Application for type approval

Fees: EUR 30 - 3,500

The processing time for applications for permits of all kinds is at least 5 working days after receipt of a complete application. In the summer months, there may be longer processing times due to an increased number of applications.

1. EU Regulation: 947/2019
2. National law: § 21b paragraph 2 LuftVO
3. Administrative Regulation: Common Principles of the Federation and the Länder (update in progress)

Further information can be found on the website of the State Administration Office of Saxony-Anhalt.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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