Unmanned aircraft; application for a permit to operate in a UAS geographic area.

For the operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle in a geographical area in accordance with Section 21h (3) and (4) of the Air Ordinance, you may apply for deviations from the specified operating conditions in justified cases.


The generic term "unmanned aerial systems" covers unmanned aerial systems (colloquially "drones") and model aircraft. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are unmanned aerial vehicles, including their control station, that are not operated for sports or recreational purposes. This includes, for example, quadro/hexa/octocopters for commercial photography, advertising airships, and also model aircraft when used for commercial purposes.

When used for sports or recreational purposes, they are model aircraft. Legally, model aircraft and unmanned aerial systems are treated largely the same as unmanned aerial vehicles.

Since 31.12.2020, the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles applies in principle to the operation of unmanned aerial systems. In addition, some provisions of national law for the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles must also be observed. In justified individual cases, exemptions from the regulations of § 21 h LuftVO can be permitted according to § 21 i para.1 LuftVO. You will find the corresponding application under "Forms".

Under "Further links" you can find information on the current legal situation for the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Special notes

You can register as a UAS operator on the online registration portal of the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA) (see "Related links").

The online course and the online theory exam for the proof of competence open subcategory A1/A3 can be found on the learning portal of the LBA (see "Related links").

You can take the proof of competence open subcategory A2 at one of the testing centers for remote pilots (PStF) designated by the LBA (see "Related links").

The Luftfahrt-Bundesamt is responsible for licensing procedures in the special category. You can direct any queries about this and about the certificates of competence for remote pilots to the e-mail address uas@lba.de.


If possible, 10 working days before the scheduled take-off day (permission according to § 21 i para. 1 LuftVO)


Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Betrieb eines unbemannten Fluggeräts in geografischen UAS-Gebieten
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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


  • Individual permit according to § 21 i para. 1 LuftVO: 50.00 - 3,500.00 EUR


Administrative court proceedings; information

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