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Guidance on using Drones/Unmanned Aerial Devices (UAD)
Drones are currently allowed to be flown on public land within the Borough of Fareham. Anyone wishing to fly over land owned by the Crown Estate (ie. the foreshore) shoud refer to their website .
It is the responsibility of the person flying the drone to be fully aware of the guidance on drone use.
The basic rules:
Keep your drone below 400ft (120m)
The drone needs to be 150ft (50m) away from people, cars and buildings
It must not weigh more than 20kg
Check your drone before each flight to see if it works properly
You must be able to see your drone at all times
Drones cannot be used at night without special permission for night time flying from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
It is illegal to:
Fly your drone within 1km of an airfield (Solent Airport at Daedalus and Fleetlands) and should be kept away from all aircrafts and helicopters. PLEASE NOTE: as of 13 March 2019 the drone restriction zone around airports and airfields changes. The 1km restriction is being replaced by a restriction using the airfield's existing areodrone traffic zone. Exact details of the restiction can be found here and by looking on the UK FRZ map. All drone flying within this zone is illegal without permisison from Air Traffic Control at the airport.
Use your drone over a congested area such as streets, towns and cities or within 150m of large gatherings such as concerts and sports events.
The user is legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight and failure to follow the rules can lead to criminal prosecution
If your drone endangers the safety of an aircraft it is a criminal offence and you could go to prison for five years
You should not fly your drone in poor weather, especially in high winds
Of laws relating to data protection and CCTV use
You should have permission from the landowner if you are flying a drone over land you do not own
Before you fly a drone you must:
Have the necessary insurance in case of accident, personal injury or damage to property
Ensure you have all the necessary permissions in place before you fly a drone
Be fully aware of areas that may be subject to flight restrictions; such as designated controlled airspace or military aerodrome traffic zones
Seek independent advice if you have any doubts as to what is legally required of you
If you have privacy concerns surrounding the use of a drone, these can be reported via the Information Commissioner's Office . If you feel a drone is flying too close to you or your house, this should be reported to the police via 101.
To see a map of the Fareham Borough and find out which areas are public land please see map below.
If you wish to film using a drone please read our filming in Fareham page and fill in the form to let us know details of the filming.