Enforcement Guidance and Draft Statement of Policy on Penalties - Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 Part 1

Closes 2 Mar 2022

Opened 8 Dec 2021


Historically, neither the government nor the CAA have had the powers to guarantee or compel that airspace change as part of a wider modernisation programme is taken forward.

Following consultation, the Government introduced the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft (ATMUA) Bill into Parliament to address this issue. The Bill received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021 and was made an Act of Parliament.

Part 1 of the Act relates to airspace change proposals and contains powers for the Secretary of State to direct “a person involved in airspace change” to progress or cooperate in an ACP. Such persons are Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), airports and other persons with functions relating to air navigation.

The CAA has new roles and powers in relation to Part 1 of the Act, which are described in CAP2280 including:

  • The CAA’s advisory role regarding the use of the Direction powers contained in Part 1 of the Act, and the impact on General Aviation. 
  • Enforcement Guidance covering the powers brought about by Part 1 of the Act. 
  • The ability to impose a penalty. A draft Statement of Policy on Penalties, which the CAA is required to consult on under Part 1 of the Act. 

We are seeking your views on our draft Statement of Policy on Penalties.

Give us your views


  • Residents affected by aviation
  • Organisations affected by aviation
  • Community groups
  • General Aviation
  • Commercial airlines
  • Military
  • Airport operators
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Industry representative bodies
  • Aerodrome Operators


  • Airspace change proposals
  • Airspace investment
  • Economic regulation