Welcome to "Guidelines for Submitting a Petition for Exemption."

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This brief program is designed to help you submit a petitionPetition — A formal letter requesting an action from the FAA that must be filed in accordance with 14 CFR part 11. that will meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.  Following this guidance will help you avoid common pitfalls and increase the likelihood of your success.

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), Aeronautics and Space, contains rules issued by the FAA governing all civil aviation in the United States.  You are entitled to submit a petition for exemptionExemption — A formal document issued in response to a petition that relieves or denies relief for the petitioner from the requirements of a particular section of 14 CFR. See "Petition." if you believe following a rule will burden you, you can provide a level of safety at least equal to that provided by the rule from which you seek the exemption, and your request is in the public interest.

When you click the HOME button at the bottom of this screen, you will go to the homepage for “Guidelines for Submitting a Petition for Exemption”.  From the homepage, you can quickly access—

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Guidance on what you must include in your petition;
  • An introduction to two helpful Web sites;
  • A petition for exemption glossary; and
  • A link to the electronic version of 14 CFR.

Disclaimer:  The “Guidelines for Submitting a Petition for Exemption” materials are for informational purposes only and do not guarantee the FAA will grant your petition.  The FAA will evaluate your petition and send you its decision based on a full review of your request.  An FAA grant or denial of exemption is based on the specifics of each situation. 

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This page can be viewed online at: http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/petition/