Regulations for the use of Drones ( Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

If you see a drone being flown within the Brandwood area and are concerned that the pilot is in breach of the regulations below, then please contact 101 and get a log number. If you are able to then please try and locate the address which the drone is being flown from. The local Brandwood police team will then be able to ensure the pilot is aware of some of the issues involved with flying these objects within a residential area.

Drones or ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV) are aircraft that can be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously using in built software and controlled flight plans. 

Over the last few years drone technology and popularity has increased with people purchasing them for recreational use. Unfortunately not all pilots have an understanding of aviation safety or of when and where they can be legally flown. This is due to some people considering drones to be toys rather than aircraft.  Regardless of if a drone is purchased as a toy or as an aircraft they may still breach regulations if flown incorrectly and illegally. 

This page will hopefully give some information and guidance for te public and for police officers who encounter UAVs  being flown. 


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles( DRONES)  Regulations is as follows: –

·         A UAV must not be flown above 400 feet in altitude or further than 500 metres away from the pilot unless permission is sought from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

·         Over or within 150 metres of a congested area 

·         Over or within 150 metres of organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons

·         Within 50 metres of vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the pilot

·         Within 50 metres of any person (30 metres during take-off or landing). This does not apply to pilot or people under control of pilot.

Any UAV used for aerial work is subject to a requirement to have a permission for Commercial Operations (Previously known as a Permission for Aerial Work) which is issued by the CAA.

Any breaches of the regulations are offences under Articles 94 or 95 of the Air Navigation Orders (ANO) 2016.

ANOs are Summary Only offences although consideration can also be made for the use of the UAV at the time of the flight and whether other offences have been committed i.e. Public Order, Harassment, Offences Against the Person, Offences Against Property, etc.


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