Helicopter Surface Permits

Applications for Heli-Surface Permits

The captain of the yacht (or the management company) must submit an application addressed to the relevant Maritime Prefecture. The Prefecture will issue a prefectoral order of authorisation
to use the helipad, within a months’ receipt of demand and after clearance from administrative and military authorities. The operating permit is valid from the issue date from January 1 to
December 31 of the current year.

One permit for each of the following:

  • French Mediterranean
  • French Caribbean

If you plan on operating in both locations then you need to apply for both. THESE PERMITS ARE FREE!

Helicopter Surface Permit Application Address

Applications for French Mediterranean should be sent via email to both – 

Applications for French Carribean should be emailed to – 

By Post to the address below –

Division de l’action de l’Etat en mer
Fort Desaix
BP 606
97261 Fort de France cedex

Documentation Required for Application

  • A letter from the captain of the vessel signed and dated
  • The yacht’s registration certificate
  • Valid copy of yacht’s insurance

If there is a helicopter on board-

  • The helicopter’s registration certificate
  • Valid copy of helicopter’s insurance
  • Valid helipad certification for each pilot of the helicopter. **

** Pilots helipad certificate  is issued by the Paris Police Prefecture for foreign pilots or by the Departmental Prefecture in accordance to each French pilot’s residence.

An example application letter can be downloaded below

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