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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has introduced rules for the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
The term RPAS includes drones and model aircraft, which are also commonly referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
The CAA rules require that any operator of RPAS must:
Any person seeking to operate a Drone/ RPAS over Council property (including parks, playgrounds, sports grounds, reserves, roads) must obtain the permission of Whangarei District Council. This process is free of charge, quick and simple.
Download and complete the request form.
Please be aware that we cannot provide overall blanket authority for Drone/RPAS use, so requests must be for specific dates only.
Drone request form(PDF, 68KB)
Email the form and supporting information requirements to Council for processing.
Further information may be required to enable Council to process your application. We will contact you if this is the case.
Send to: email@example.com
We will endeavour to process your request as soon as practicable - this may be up to 5 working days.
An application may be granted or refused by Council and may be subject to any conditions that the Council deem necessary to ensure safety to the public, property and wildlife and the prevention of nuisance.
Any approval to operate a RPA over WDC land is subject to the Code of Conduct. This requires the operator’s agreement to not undertake any of the following activities:
The Operator of any RPAS shall agree to:
Applicants for permission to fly drones over Council property must be 16 years or over to apply for consent.
Consent can also be applied for by someone who is supervising a younger person operating a Drone, UAV or RPAS.
Under (Civil Aviation Authority) CAA rules, drones/ RPAS are restricted from flying within 4km of any aerodrome, aerodrome control zones, Low Flying Zones, Military Operating Areas and restricted areas. It is important that operators familiarise themselves with these areas in Whangārei.
For details of these locations in Whangārei please refer to the maps on the Airshare website.
It is important that RPAS/ Drone operators familiarise themselves with the CAA rules and requirements. A full copy of the CAA rules can be accessed via the CAA's website.
Civil Aviation Authority
The information portal 'Airshare' is also a useful resource for RPAS operators. Please consider registering with the Air Share Website.
This information helps CAA keep track of regular and non-regular UAV operators in each area.
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