Upper Hutt City Council permits unmanned aircraft/or drones to fly over it’s roads, parks and reserves provided the drone operator complies with Civil Aviation Rules and the operation of the drone does not:

  • Damage or cause damage to the Council’s property, parks and reserves
  • Damage or cause damage to the property of road users, and parks and reserves users
  • interfere with organised activities
  • interfere with the operation of the road or roads
  • create a hazard or increase risks to road users in terms of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • put road users or parks and reserves users at risk of injury

Refer to our Parks and Reserves Rules for more information including flying or landing model aeroplanes or any other kind of flying machine or glider.

Civil Aviation Authority Rules (CAA) rules may change from time to time. For the latest updates, visit the Civil Aviation Authority website: www.caa.govt.nz

The Civil Aviation Authority works closely with Airways, Callaghan Innovation, and aviation participants to promote RPAS/model aircraft safety. Airways have created a website airshare™ to be an information hub for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators, owners, agents and manufacturers.

Pilots of model aircraft and particularly RPAS/UAV should log their flights on Airshare. For more information on how to operate your drone safely, plan all your UAV flights and request access to controlled airspace, visit the Airshare website:  www.airshare.co.nz

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Last updated on 05 Sep 2017