How do I apply for an Exemption?

Complete the appropriate form, and email to, or post to: Exemption Specialist, PO Box 3555, Wellington 6140.

Who may apply for an Exemption?

Anyone can apply for an Exemption. It is important to remember that the final decision lies with the Director of Civil Aviation. The Director may grant an Exemption with appropriate conditions, to any person, aircraft, aeronautical product, aerodrome, or aviation-related service from any specified requirement in any rule made under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, Section 28, 29A, 29B, or 30.

How will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

The CAA will notify the applicant in writing of its decision.

Are Exemptions transferable?

No, an Exemption is not transferable. They are not property and cannot be handed from person to person. Exemptions are generally issued to individual persons or specific legal entities, should another entity wish to take advantage of an Exemption, it must apply for the same Exemption in its own right. Each application will be assessed on its own merits at the time of the application.

What happens if I don’t comply with the conditions of the Exemption?

If the CAA finds that you are not complying with the conditions of the Exemption, it will result in the exemption being revoked.

When will an Exemption be revoked?

The Director may revoke an Exemption on request of its holder. The Director may also revoke an Exemption at any time in the interest of safety. This could be due to the applicant not complying with the conditions of the Exemption, or special circumstances where the Director has become aware that the continuation of the Exemption may threaten aviation safety.

How will I know if an Exemption has been revoked?

Where the Director revokes an Exemption, it will do so in writing to the holder of the Exemption and will state the reasons for the revocation. In the situation of the revocation of a general Exemption, the revocation will be promulgated on the CAA website.