The use of lightweight drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), is allowed in most parks and reserves managed by the Council, but there are some important rules and guidelines to follow.
Drone flights are permitted under Alert Level 2. Drone flights over public spaces must comply with the CAA Rules, Council policy and all restrictions under Alert Level 2 including physical distancing and other Ministry of Health guidelines. Visit the CAA website for more information.
You must have Christchurch City Council's permission to fly:
For Council properties that are not permission-required, you can fly a lightweight drone (1.5 kilograms max) without asking the Council's permission.
All RPAS operators must be aware of, and comply with, Civil Aviation Rules at all times.
Most of Christchurch City is located within Civil Aviation Authority controlled airspace.
To provide for safe and legal operations, RPAS operators are referred to the following sources of information:
All RPAS flights, regardless of weight, must always have permission from the Council for the following areas:
The Council may consent to RPAS flights over Council roads once you provide:
If there is an urgent risk to public safety, contact the police.
If a drone flies above your property without permission or you feel your privacy has been breached, you can make a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner or the Civil Aviation Authority.
Any breaches of civil aviation rules must be referred to the Civil Aviation Authority.