Drone Regulations United Kingdom

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in United Kingdom

United Kingdom Drone rules Overview:


Is a registration necessary?

You need to have Registration.

Recreational use of drones allowed?

Yes, with conditions.

Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended.

Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, but with conditions.

Does the drone need a badge?


Maximum Altitude:

120 meters

Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.

Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from Airports.

Drone Regulations United Kingdom


Main responsive authorities

The main Authority responsive for the drone flights is the

Civil Aviation Authority of the U.K. (CAA)




infoservicesn:@caa.co.uk. / +44 0330 022 1500


United Kingdom Drone rules

CAA have some special conditions for those who travel in the United Kingdom
and carry their drones :

Drone Approvals or Certificates from some other countries are NOT valid automaticly. CAA is able to take them like basic skills , bit you must get valid U.K. Permission. You should read the guidelines for submit the application
in this section of the official CAA website

The major Drone Regulations in the United Kingdom :

– All commercial drone flights must have Insurance.
– Permission from CAA is required for all commercial drone operations.
– Always have visual contact to your drone. Never loose it from eye.
– No matter of the mass of the drone, that’s mean all kind of drones, must fly above 122 meters above the ground.
– You have to keep distance within 50 meters to every follow object: person, vehicle, property, vessel.
– You have to keep distance within 150 meters to any congested area.
– You are absolutely responsible for your drone and the safety of the flight.
– If your Drone is able to record video – there are several limitations. They concern the distance and the high of the flight. You need to have special permission from CAA . You can reed full information on their website – here.
– You are not allow to fly your drone in the Non-flying Zones.

Later news and updates from CAA drone laws – you can read here.

Please keep in mind that the regulations and drone laws may have some changes throw
the current year. Always check the newest information.

For the Commercial flights – the Drone Regulations in U.K. are:

You must apply the Application form and get a Standart Permission. You can do that procedure here.
Standard Permission to Operate Unmanned Systems in UK Airspace

We advise you always check and read the official information documents for each country when you want to fly your drone. The safety and the proper making flight are with major importance. Always be sure that the drone is in perfect condition before perform a flight.

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