Flying drones in the UK

When you fly a drone in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe.
  • Follow these simple steps to make sure you are flying safely and legally.

    The Dronecode

    • Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don’t fly higher than 400 feet
    • Always keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
    • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don’t.

    Drones fitted with cameras must not be flown:

    • within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures
    • over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events

    See our quick-start safety guide on flying drones for fun and First Person View’s video that explains the basic rules.

  • For more detailed guidance on flying unmanned aircraft and information on operating commercially visit

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