The Broads Authority understand the attraction of drone flying in the Broads and as such have produced this guidance should you wish to operate in the Broads National Park. Further guidance for commercial operators is listed at the bottom of this page.
Whether you want to fly your drone or report the misuse of a drone here are some things to be aware of:
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) specify that unless permission has been granted by them that you must not:
You must also make sure to obey laws of privacy such as the Data Protection Act and the CCTV code of conduct if your drone is fitted with a camera.
(The definition of congested area: ‘Congested area’ in relation to a city, town or settlement means any area which is substantially used for residential, industrial, commercial or recreational purposes’)
If you are concerned that someone is using a drone illegally, please contact the police.
Safe operating is crucial and we expect anyone operating in the Broads National Park to:
The Broads is home to some of the UK’s rarest species and much of it is designated as a National Nature Reserve and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Please DO NOT operate at Nature Reserves (including How Hill National Nature Reserve).
Butterflies and dragonflies are particularly vulnerable as are nesting birds (nesting season is March to September) and we expect any operator to take great care not harm or disturb any wildlife or livestock. Please seek permission to fly over these areas by consulting the relevant organisation.
The Broads is treasured by locals and tourists alike for its peaceful landscape, big skies and meandering waterways. With this in mind be aware that the use of drones can be a nuisance to, and detract from others enjoyment of the area; please land your drone if someone is disturbed by it.
We do not recommend launching a drone from a vessel on the Broads, even if you are stationary for these reasons:
Any commercial operator wishing to use the Broads for filming or stills must abide by the advice above and also contact the Broads Authority via email or telephone so we can discuss your request. Here are a few details that we expect:
Whilst the above is intended to be a useful guide it is the pilot/operator’s responsibility to ensure that any activities which carried out are within the law. This is the case whether your UAS/SUA/SUAV or drone is on land or airborne and that you should not infringe the public or private legal rights of other individuals. Broads Authority accepts no responsibility for those relying on this guide in the event that they face legal action by third parties while operating any drone.