Drones & model aircraft

The use of drones and model aircraft on or over any common land within the National Park is an offence under the National Park Byelaws.

We have received complaints from the public, farmers, landowners and local communities regarding the irresponsible use of drones in the National Park and, in partnership with the police, have dealt with incidents of potentially dangerous use of these machines.

Requests for the use of drones by qualified and insured pilots (operating under Civil Aviation Authority regulations) for activities such as commercial filming or survey work are considered on a case by case basis, in consultation with affected landowners as appropriate.

Permission will not be given for the recreational use of drones on Dartmoor.