Free balloon; application for an external launching permit

A general order has been issued for the launch of free balloons.

If the requirements are met, the general ruling is considered to have been issued. In cases beyond this, an individual permit must still be applied for.


The Air Offices of Northern Bavaria and Southern Bavaria have regulated the ascent of manned free balloons outside an airfield approved for balloon ascent as well as the re-ascent after intermediate landings in a general decree. If the requirements specified therein are met, permission is deemed to have been granted.

In cases beyond this, an individual permit must still be applied for from the responsible aviation authority.

The general rulings of the Government of Central Franconia - Aviation Authority of Northern Bavaria and the Government of Upper Bavaria - Aviation Authority of Southern Bavaria can be found under "Legal basis".


The outdoor launch site must be suitable for the project. This must be proven by an expert opinion.


10 working days before the scheduled start day

Required documents

  • Site plan

    (M 1 : 1,000 or 1 : 5,000)

  • Terrain survey

    (for the launch of five or more balloons)

  • Statement of the responsible municipality (public order office)

    (for the launch of five or more balloons)


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

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Außenstarts Freiballone Erlaubnis - Antrag
    Please note

    This form requires no signature. You can sent it electronically (e.g. by secure email or De-Mail) or as hardcopy to the responsible authority.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Unbemannter/Außenstart Freiballon und Auflassen Fesselballon - Stellungnahme Ordnungsamt zum Antrag
    Please note

    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.


  • 30.00 to 500.00 EUR

    The costs are calculated on a case-by-case basis depending on the effort involved.


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  • Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
  • Online transactions, locally limited
  • Form, Bavaria-wide
  • Form, locally limited
  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, locally limited
  • Fees, Bavaria-wide
  • Fees, locally limited
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