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.
Christchurch City Council is taking part in a new digital airspace approval trial for drone flights.
Drone operators can use AirMap’s free iOS and Android apps to request airspace approvals required by the Civil Aviation Authority at Christchurch airport, and on public lands in the Christchurch district, including parks and reserves.
All other drone requests, e.g. over roads, buildings or sensitive areas, will still need manual approval using the Permission Request Form on the Council's website.
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:
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 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.
This is a test policy and will be reviewed by mid-2018. To develop the best policy, the Council would appreciate hearing your feedback. Please contact us by calling 03 941 8999.