Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules require drone operators to get the permission of all landowners whose properties they will fly over. This includes permission of the council when flying over council owned land. Council recently adopted a policy for drone operation over council reserves.
|You can fly drones over council controlled reserves subject to compliance with Civil Aviation Rule Part 101 and the policy conditions.|
Before you fly...
- Visit airshare.co.nz - this website has lots of easy to understand information on drones.
- Are you familiar with the CAA rules? Will your planned flight comply with the Part 101 rules? If not contact the CAA - you may need to apply for a Part 102 certificate.
- Are you flying over council land? Read our drones policy. Look at the maps (coming soon). The drone policy gives you important information on conditions for flying over council reserves in our district (outlined below). Flying outside of the conditions will mean you need to apply for permission from the council.
- Understand the airspace - are there private airfields nearby? Are you flying within 4km of the Hanmer Springs aerodrome?
|Remember it is your responsibility to fly safely. You are a pilot. Be courteous to other reserve users and adjoining property owners.|
Conditions of permitted operations
Operate within CAA Part 101 Rules.
Drones shall NOT be operated:
- Over sports fields if in use by others.
- Where there is booked use of a public area, except where the booking is the user's own.
- During a prohibited fire season.
- Above and within 10m of the following:
- Any reserve boundary which borders private property.
- Bodies of water where birds are present.
- Council buildings or camp grounds.
- Council cemeteries.
- Grazing stock.
- The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool Reserve.
Drones shall be operated in a manner that complies with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's guidance on preserving people's privacy by not flying over people or adjoining private property without their consent.
Planning to fly over council land not covered by the policy? Or outside the above conditions?
You need to apply for permission. The council will assess applications on a case-by-case basis. The application form can be found here.
Permission to fly over and/or within a 10m radius of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool Reserve is through the Pool Manager.
Complaints about drone operators
The Hurunui District Council does not set, monitor or enforce the CAA rules. If there is an imminent risk to public safety or property, contact the Police. Otherwise contact the CAA by email email@example.com or phone 0508 4SAFETY (0508 472 3389).