Drones & model aircraft

Drones & model aircraft

The use of drones and powered model aircraft on 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.

Drone FAQs

Can I fly my drone on Dartmoor?

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

We do not give permission for any recreation flying of drones on common land.

What if I am a commercial company that wants to do aerial photos/filming?

Dartmoor is owned by a range of organisations and people, so the most important thing you must do first is secure landowner permission before undertaking any commercial drone flying.

If you know who owns the land, you should approach the landowner directly to secure their permission.

Please note some landowners have a blanket ban on any drone flying from their land. Some may also charge a location fee. You will need to come to an agreement directly with the landowner regarding any charges.

Filming cannot take place without landowner permission and all relevant Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) documentation being provided in advance.

If you plan to fly a drone as part of a filming application for land we own, then please refer to our filming on Dartmoor page.

Where can I report drone misuse/privacy issues?

If you have any concerns about the use of drones in any area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, then you should contact the police on 101.

We are not an enforcement body and cannot respond to individual cases, which will be passed on to the police if appropriate.

The CAA does not investigate complaints of drone misuse.

Privacy issues are covered by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and will not be dealt with by the CAA.