Welcome to the Belize Department of Civil Aviation website. The Belize Department of Civil Aviation was established by the Civil Aviation Act, Chapter 239, Revised Edition 2000 of the Substantive Laws of Belize. The principal function of the Department is to regulate and administer a safe civil aviation system whilst ensuring that Belize discharges its obligations properly under international civil aviation agreements and treaties, in particular, the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

The Department of Civil Aviation is the regulatory and oversight body in all civil aviation matters in Belize. This Department is headed by the Director of Civil Aviation as established in the Belize Civil Aviation Act. After becoming a Contracting State to the Convention on International Civil Aviation in 1991, Belize is obliged to comply with the Standards and as far as practicable with the Recommended Practices contained in all nineteen Annexes to the Convention. The Department is made up of the following technical divisions: Personnel Licensing, Flight Operations, Airworthiness, Aviation Security, Air Transport, Aerodromes, Dangerous Goods, Aircraft Registration, Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigations, Search and Rescue, Air Traffic Services and Aeronautical Information Services. The main functions of the Department are to ensure the safety of air navigation and to promote and encourage the safe, orderly and economic development of civil aviation locally, regionally and internationally.

Once again welcome!

Mr. Lindsay Garbutt
Director of Civil Aviation
Belize Department of Civil Aviation

Our Mission

To promote a safe, efficient and expeditious movement of domestic and international air transportation in Belize through the provisions of proper regulatory procedures in accordance with the air navigation regulations in force and the Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Our Vision

To be a recognized regulatory authority identified for its excellence in the provision of a safe, efficient, and reliable service for the development of civil aviation with the human potential highly qualified and identified so as to respond effectively to its responsibilities.


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The Belize Department of Civil Aviation joined the world in celebrating International Civil Aviation Organization’s 70th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the International Civil Aviation Day 2014.

This year’s celebrations were held under the theme "Promoting global friendship and understanding".

The purpose of this global celebration was to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency, and regularity of international air transport.

This year’s activities in Belize included radio talk shows; announcements related to international civil aviation topics and a formal lunch with aviation stakeholders hosted by the Minister responsible for civil aviation - Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr. Awards of recognition were also made to some persons who have contributed to the growth and development of Civil Aviation in Belize. The activities took place at the Department of Civil Aviation’s Building at the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport.

The Belize Department of Civil Aviation hereby takes this opportunity to thank all those persons who are part of our Belize aviation community and hope that they are successful and safe in the upcoming year.

Belize Department of Civil Aviation

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