Annual Aircraft Registration Fee and Participation Levy

The CAA’s objective is to undertake its safety, security and other functions in a way that contributes to the aim of achieving an integrated, safe, responsive, and sustainable transport system.


If you have an aircraft on the New Zealand Register of Aircraft, you are an aviation operator participating in the New Zealand aviation system.

All aviation operators who do not pay a passenger levy must pay the annual participation levy, which varies according to aircraft weight.

The participation levy for each year will be invoiced at the same time as the annual registration fee. Together, they contribute to the CAA's system oversight work, in particular:

  • Safety investigation and analysis
    Industry-wide accident and incident trends are developed. These trends steer the CAA’s safety initiatives.
  • Safety education and information
    The safety and information publication, Vector, is provided free to aviation community participants, as are booklets, posters, safety videos, seminars and the CAA web site.
    Four Aviation Safety Advisers provide face-to-face contact, advice and information.
  • Random surveillance and spot checks
    This safety service is carried out as required.
  • Enforcement
    Occasionally enforcement action is required to ensure safety compliance.
  • Other information and advice

The Annual Registration Fee and Participation Levy is charged in accordance with the schedule of the Civil Aviation (Safety) Levies Order 2012 and the Civil Aviation Charges Regulations (No 2) 1991 Amendment Regulations 2012.

Aircraft Not in Use

If your aircraft is not airworthy or is not being used (for example, under repair, or being restored), you may choose to deregister it. You can reserve the registration mark if you chose to deregister. You should weigh this up against the cost of a new registration when you want to fly the aircraft again.

Use Form 24047/5 for deregistration. Once deregistered, the aircraft’s Airworthiness certificate is revoked.

How Much Do You Pay?

Fees, Levies and Charges
2017 Fees and Levies booklet (PDF 370 KB)

In accordance with Section 41(2) of the Civil Aviation Act 1990, where any fee or charge payable under the Act is not paid within six months, the Director may revoke the aviation documents (Certificate of Registration and Airworthiness Certificate) to which the fee or charge applies. An invoice for these levies is usually sent to aviation participants in July each year.

Buying or Selling an Aircraft?

The annual registration and participation levies invoiced at 01 July every year are the responsibility of the owner as at 30 June of that year.

If the aircraft is sold or transferred to a new owner before 30 June, the new owner is responsible for this payment.

If purchasing an aircraft after 30 June, the new owner should make sure that the annual registration levy and the participation levy have been paid. If not, the aircraft could be de-registered.

Overview of Levies and Funding

Passenger Levy

A levy is charged per passenger carried on each domestic sector.

International Passenger Safety Levy

A levy is charged per international departing passenger.

Participation Levy

A levy is charged to aviation operators that do not pay the passenger levy.

Government Funding

The Government contributes for policy advice, and for policy advice on health and safety in aviation.

Rules Development

See The Rule Development Process

Fees and Charges

The CAA charges a standard hourly rate for audits, certificates and approvals.


Efficient monitoring of cash flows is expected to earn interest.

Further Information


The cost recovery system has been in place for many years. This system, and subsequent changes in rates, have been determined only after consultation with the civil aviation community.