Tethered balloon and kite; application for permission to ascend.

A permit is required to launch tethered balloons with a tether longer than 30 meters and to launch kites and parasail kites with a tether longer than 100 meters.


A tethered balloon is a balloon filled with lifting gas or hot air that is directly or indirectly anchored to the ground, regardless of the dimensions and mass of the balloon envelope.

Tethered balloons whose tether exceeds 30 meters in length, as well as kites and parasail kites whose tether exceeds 100 meters in length, require a permit from the appropriate aviation authority to ascend or climb.

The tether of tethered balloons and kites whose ascent requires permission must be marked at intervals of 100 meters by day with red and white flags and at night with red and white lights so that it can be seen from all directions from other aircraft.

It is prohibited to fly kites or operate parasailing kites at a distance of less than 1.5 km from the boundary of airfields.

The local aviation authority may allow exceptions to the ban in individual cases if the requested use of the airspace does not pose a threat to public safety and order.


For the granting of permission, the involvement of the responsible air traffic control authority or the Federal Office for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services of the German Armed Forces may be required.

Special notes

The ascent of children's balloons at a distance of less than 1.5 kilometers from the boundary of airfields is generally prohibited. Furthermore, the ascent of children's balloons is not subject to approval by the air traffic control offices, but as mass ascent and ascent of bundled children's balloons may require air traffic control clearance by Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.


The application must be submitted well in advance of the scheduled date (approximately 4 weeks before the date).

Required documents

  • Site plan
  • Statement of the responsible municipality (Ordnungsamt)


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  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Erteilung einer luftrechtlichen Erlaubnis zum Auflassen von Fesselballonen
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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.


  • 30 to 500 Euro

    The costs are assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on the complexity of the matter.


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Status: 06.07.2022

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