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Protocol & rules around drones

0 Comments 02 January 2016

The rules and protocol of flying ‘drones’

Rules of DronesOne of the 2015 favourite Christmas gifts, or ‘must haves’ this year but drones they come with a set of rules and protocols.

The Auckland Council Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013 states flyers must not use their UAV “recklessly or in a manner which may intimidate, be dangerous, be injurious to or cause a nuisance to any person”.

In addition to these rules, when flying in a public space or over a beach, you should adhere to the code of conduct.


  • fly a drone over a sports field if it’s in use
  • operate over parked vehicles or park roads
  • operate within of 20 metres of or be flown over other users of the park
  • fly over or within 50 metres of livestock on parks, sensitive wildlife habitats such as wetlands, or nesting or roosting birds
  • operate within 20 metres of or fly over park buildings and overhead wires
  • operate over dry flammable vegetation
  • fly over adjoining private properties.


  • be courteous of other park users, beachgoers and people walking dogs
  • keep the UAV in full view at all times (e.g. not operated through binoculars, video monitor or smartphone, unless an observer is present)
  • fly in daylight hours only
  • cease operation if requested by council staff.

For more information you can go to Auckland Council’s webpage 

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