Apply for an Approval

Applications for a Groundhandling Approval must be made using our application form which is available to download here.

Tá an fhoirm iarratais as Ghaeilge ar fáil anseo.

Please read our Guidance Note on applying for a Groundhandling Approval before you start to complete the application form.

We also recommend that you take the time to read the Instructions for completing the application form for a Groundhandling Approval. These instructions contain important information for navigating through and completing the application form.

There is a fee payable on application for a Groundhandling Approval, the fee structure is as follows (effective from 1st January 2021) :

Application fee €1,826
Annual fee €1,826
Licence amendment fee €812
Late fee €2,029

Further details on the fees for Groundhandling Approval applications are provided here

Important Note: In addition to the Groundhandling Approval from the Commission, applicants are also required to satisfy the particular requirements of the airport operator at the relevant airport at which it is proposed to engage in groundhandling activities. A Groundhandling Requirements Form must be completed and submitted to the relevant airport operator. Click on the relevant airport below for further information: 

Dublin Airport        Shannon Airport        Cork Airport 


The Commission requires that groundhandlers maintain adequate insurance at all times to cover liability in respect of employees, passengers, luggage, cargo, mail and third parties.

If a company fails to maintain adequate insurance cover, the Commission may withdraw that company's Groundhandling Approval.

The Commission applies the following minimum levels of insurance cover to all groundhandlers:

Type of cover Minimum liability
Public liability  
Airside €127,000,000
Landside €6,350,000
War risks US$50,000,000
Motor Vehicles (Property Damage) €127,000,000
Employer's liability €13,000,000
Motor Cover  
Bodily injury Unlimited
Property damage €127,000,000
Airside extension Yes

The following Insurance Declaration Form is required to be completed by first-time applicants and also on an annual basis by holders of Groundhandling approvals in order to ensure compliance with the insurance requirements.

Monitoring and Compliance

Click here for summary of monitoring and compliance requirements applicable to Groundhandling Approval holders.

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