Airfields and no-fly zones

Civil Aviation Authority rules do not allow drones to be flown within 4km of any airfield or aerodrome, unless certain conditions are met including approval from the aerodrome operator. All requests for approval from aerodrome operators to fly a drone in the area are made through your local Airport.

More information can be found here: https://www.aviation.govt.nz/drones/rules-and-regulations-for-drones-in-new-zealand/

Getting consent from people and property owners

Another aspect of being compliant with CAA rules is ensuring you get permission from people and property owners before flying over them. Private property owners must give personal consent while in the case of public land, you will need to get approval from the relevant governing authority.

Flying a drone over Council land

If you would like to fly a drone over Council land, including reserves, you must apply for a permit. You can apply for a permit via the council’s customer service desk.

Drone complaints

The Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for investigating complaints about the dangerous use of drones.

If a drone flies above your property without permission and you feel your privacy has been breached, you can make a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner.

If a drone presents an immediate danger to public safety, contact the Police.

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