The FAA will strive to review and issue decisions on waiver and authorization requests within 90 days. Processing times will vary based on the complexity of your request.


Step 1

Determine the kind of waiver or authorization you need to perform your Part 107 operation. Common requests include the options below. View the complete list of Part 107 regulations subject to waiver.

• Flying at night (§ 107.29)

• Flying directly over a person or people (§ 107.39)

• Flying from a moving vehicle or aircraft, not in a sparsely populated area (§ 107.25)

• Flying multiple aircraft with only one pilot (§ 107.35)

• Flying beyond the pilot’s visual line-of-sight (§ 107.31)

• Flying above 400 feet (§ 107.51B)

• Flying near airports / in controlled airspace (§ 107.41)

Be prepared by reviewing the Part 107 regulations to determine which regulation(s) you need waived an select only the ones you need to fly your operation.

Step 2A

If you want a non-airspace waiver – for example, to fly at night or over people – you will need to apply for a Part 107 waiver.

Part 107 Waiver Application Instructions – explains how to fill out this form.

Waiver Safety Explanation Guidelines – explains what to include in the “Waiver safety explanation” field.

Step 2B

If you want to fly in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, or surface area E), you will need to apply for an airspace authorizations or airspace waiver:

An airspace authorization is short term (up to 6 months) and grants access to a more limited operating area.

An airspace waiver is longer term (6 months to 2 years) and grants access to a bigger operating area.

• You must provide additional information to justify the safety of your operation.

• FAA will take longer to process your request because we need more time to perform a safety a analysis.

Request to Operate in Controlled Airspace Form Instructions – explains how to fill out this form.

Waiver Safety Explanation Guidelines – explains what ti include in the “Description of your proposed operation” field.

Note: If you intend t use a non-airspace Part 107 waiver in controlled airspace (for example, night operations in Class B airspace), you must obtain your non-airspace waiver prior to requesting an airspace authorization or airspace waiver.

Step 3

When you have verified that your application includes all the necessary information (refer to the Waiver Safety Explanation Guidelines), submit your application.*

For non-airspace Part 107 waiver requests, FAA will send you a confirmation email once your waiver application has entered into processing. If needed submit any supporting documentation within 7 days by following the instructions in the confirmmation email.

* You may not print a PDF of your application after you submit the form.

Step 4

Depending on the complexity of your request, FAA may:

• Request additional information (Ensure the contact information you provide in your application is correct)

• Deny or disapprove your Part 107 waiver or airspace waiver/authorization request (Common reasons for denial or disapproval include incomplete information, failure to respond to requests for additional information, or lack of adequate safety explanation – i.e. risk mitigations).

Step 5

All non-airspace Part 107 waivers are published on FAA’s Part 107 Waivers Granted webpage.

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