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Drones are becoming more popular for filming events however should the drone crash into the crowd it can cause serious injury from not only the resulting impact but also during the crowd fleeing from the scene. 

Operators should always follow the Drone Code issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). 

Don’t fly near airports or airfields

Remember to stay below 400ft (120m)

Observe your drone at all times – stay 150ft (50m) away from People and Property

                                                      500ft away from crowds and built up areas – do not overfly

Never fly near aircraft

Enjoy responsibly 

Further information is available from the CAA website

Permission for filming may also need to be sought from the Kent Film Office. 

There are 3 basic permissions needed to film with a drone:

  1. Operators license from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
  2. Permission from the land owner, manager or authority for the land where the drone will be taking off and landing
  3. Permission from the land owner, manager or authority for any property in whose boundary the drone will be operated closer than 50 meters to any people, vehicles, buildings or structures.

Land Owner/Authorities Permission
To take off and land a drone, you need permissions from the landowner. 

If this is a public space such as a beach or park, you will need permission via the Kent Film Office, for which you will need to complete and submit the following:

  • Filming Application Form
  • A valid CAA licence for drone operator
  • Risk Assessment and Method Statement covering the drone operation applied for
  • Public Liability Insurance covering the drone operator for a minimum £5 million

 Please allow at least 5 working days’ notice for any filming involving drones. 

Further information can be found on Kent Film Office website.