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Drones and UAVs you can fly in public or private property

What you can fly in public areas

You can fly drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in most public areas and parks without a permit.

Types of drones you can fly in public areas

  • Electric-powered, remote-controlled drones capable of vertical take-off and landing.
  • Remote-controlled fixed-wing model aircraft with a wingspan under 2m.
  • Electric fan jet-powered models, weighing less than 1.5kg.
  • Bungee or winch-launched aircraft with a tow line 15m or under.

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What you can fly on private property

You can fly drones and UAVs on private property, officially recognised public flying sites, or sites controlled by an approved operator.

Types of drones you can fly on private property

  • Fixed- wing, electric-powered model aircraft with wing spans above 2m.
  • Jet-powered models, weighing more than 1.5kg.
  • Fixed- winged model aircraft or single-rotor helicopters with an internal combustion engine (i.e. petrol-powered).
  • Bungee or winch-launched aircraft with a tow line longer than 15m.
  • Electric-powered, single-rotor helicopters weighing more than 1.5kg, or with a rotor span greater than 0.5m.