Drone Laws in Bulgaria
A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Regulations Overview:
Is a registration necessary?
You need to have Registration.
Recreational use of drones allowed?
Yes, it is allowed.
Is drone insurance mandatory?
It is recommended.
Commercial use of drones permitted?
Yes, but with conditions.
Does the drone need a badge?
Respect the privacy of other people
Don’t forget this rule.
Not allowed drones near airports
Stay away from Arports.
Drone laws in Bulgaria
When you decide travel and fly your drone in Bulgaria you need to be inform about the drone regulations about this. Always read the latest rules and information on the official web pages.
Drone laws in Bulgaria:
General Drone Rules for Flying a Drone in Bulgaria
Flying a drone can be fun but as a drone pilot, you are now another user of busy skies. You must know how to fly your drone both legally and safely.
For fly your drone in Bulgaria, please keep in mind the like member of the European Union – Bulgaria also will keep the new European drone rules. They will come into force as of 1st July 2020.
When you intend to fly your drone in Bulgaria you must be informed about the latest rules and laws for this.
For airspace users conducting flights with unmanned aircraft:
The drones flights must be performed in reserved airspace after written permission by DG CAA.
BULATSA informs all users of unmanned aircraft (for example, unmanned aircraft systems or unmanned aircraft vehicles) that they must abide by one of the following procedures:
For drone pilots that do not have a valid operating permit
In this case, they have to:
Fill in a declaration as per model (a sample form and supporting table for determining the class and the categories of the drone ) you can find here: https://www.caa.bg/bg/category/633);
For obtaining a flight permit you have to send completed declaration to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
After receiving the operating permit, the user fills in an “Application for use of airspace” (see sample below), signs the application, scans it (or takes a photo of it) and sends it to e-mail: email@example.com, at least 8 calendar days before the planned use of the airspace
Note: For better expeditiousness, it is permissible to send simultaneously the completed declaration (to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) and the completed “Application for use of airspace” (to e-mail: email@example.com).
If the application is approved, the Airspace Planning and Distribution Center shall produce a NOTAM message and, after its publication, will send a reply to the applicant with the allowed for use airspace.
For airspace users that have a valid operating permit:
The drone pilot must fill in an Application for use of airspace. It must be signed, scanned and sent to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . This must be done 8 calendar days before the planned use of the airspaceIf the application is approved, the Airspace Planning and Distribution Center shall produce a NOTAM message and, after its publication, will send a reply to the applicant with the allowed for use airspace.
Applicants must request permission to fly their drone by submitting a letter to the Directorate General “Civil Aviation Administration” (DG CAA) at least eight days in advance before drone flights. Here is an example letter.
This letter has to contain information about the activity, start and end hour, the necessary zone/zones, date of the activity, a person who will be responsive during the activity, and mobile telephone number for contact with him/her.
A scanned copy of the obtained permission by the DG CAA along with the original letter sent to the DG CAA . The letter is also referred to as the “Application for Use of Airspace” on the BULATSA website. It must be emailed at: email@example.com, or faxed here: +359 2 945 91 80 This must happen at least 8 calendar days before drone flight.
In case of approval of the application, the Airspace Management Cell will create a NOTAM message and after its publication, the message will be sent to the applicant along with other pertinent information about their approved flight.