Step 01- Registration of the Drone
It is a pre-requisite for the OPERATION of the drone.
Pls send the completed Form CAA/AS/019 to CAASL. The Form is available under downloads at below.
Step 02 - Security Clearance & Other Approvals from the Respective Authorities
Upon completion of registration you are eligible to apply for drone operation permit/approval.
Part I - Security Clearance from the OCDS (Mandatory)
Prior to apply for operation approval via Form CAA/AS/017, you are required to obtain the Security Clearance from the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS) for the Operation of the Drone using below Fax or e-mail.
Submit your request to OCDS well before the intended date of operation (at least 5 day prior of the operation) with the details of the Drone (type/Serial no/weight etc.), proposed dates, times & locations of the intended Drone operation and the name of the drone operator.
(OCDS Sample request letter)
Contact details of OCDS:-
Office of the Chief of Defence Staff
Block No.5, BMICH
Tele: +94 11 2674503; +94 11 2674506
Fax: +94 11 2 674507 (Fax is the preferred mode of communication at present)
Email: ocds.drone [at] gmail.com
Part II- Approvals from the Other Respective Authorities
In parallel to the above Part I you are required to obtain “NO OBJECTION” Letters from respective local authorities which has the control overs the locations that you intends to operate your drone.
I. If proposed location(s) for your operation include any archeologically important sites in Sri Lanka, you are also required to obtain a “NO OBJECTION” from Department of Archeology (For example – Sigiriya Lion Rock) as and when necessary depending on the locations.
Director General of Archeology, Department of Archeology
Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha
ATTN: Director /Promotions
TP: + 94 11 2688326
Fax: + 94 11 2665882
II. If your proposed location includes any conservation site such as national parks, nature reserves and wildlife etc. then you are required to obtain “NO OBJECTION” letters from Department of Wild Life. You may contact them and submit your request via fax of any other mode of communication in which they prefer.
III. If your proposed location includes any Forest in Sri Lanka you are required to obtain “NO OBJECTION” letter from Forest Department of Sri Lanka, etc.
Step 03 - Operational Approval from the CAASL
You are required to send us the completed Application for Operation of Pilotless Aircraft CAA/AS/017 Form together with OCDS letter and No objection letters via email at least 5 working days prior to the operation.
Step 04- Payment methods
You may make the payment to this Office by person or pay via online. The online payment is available at the home page of www.caa.lk.
Please note that via online payment method, 3% of the total payment will be deducted by the Bank as convenience fee from the payee.
Kindly indicate the method of payment in CAA/AS/017 Form.
CAASL will contact you via email with the payment details, prior to issuing the approval permit.
Once after the payment you may collect your approval letter from this Office or if the payment is via online, the approval letter will be sent to you via email.
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- Presentation on drone operation in Sri Lanka
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- OCDS Sample request letter
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For further enquiries, please contact us via 011-2358817/819 or email: mgrasm [at] caa.lk or amasm [at] caa.lk with a copy to ddgasr [at] caa.lk