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.
Most of Christchurch City is located within Civil Aviation Authority controlled airspace. All RPAS operators must be aware of, and comply with, Civil Aviation Rules at all times.
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-2017. To develop the best policy, the Council would appreciate hearing your feedback. Please contact us: 03 941 8999.