Flying drones from Test Valley Borough Council land

The flying of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) or drones from TVBC owned land and property is only permitted with explicit and written permission.

Generally, permission is only granted where the use of a drone helps reduce risk reduction in the workplace such as to avoid working at heights; land and building survey work and/or undertaking other professional services. 

Professional filming may be permitted but again only with explicit and written permission. Charges may apply.

If your proposed flight falls within the above criteria the following information would be required to enable the Council to make a decision on your request:

  1. A description of the purpose of the flight(s)
  2. A copy of your public liability insurance (minimum £5 million)
  3. A copy of your flight plan including launch and landing points
  4. A copy of your risk assessment relating to the proposed flight
  5. A copy of your CAA Permission for Commercial Operators (PfCO)

 Upon receipt of these documents, consideration and approval or rejection will be given within 10 working days.


 

Why we don’t generally give permission for recreational drone use from TVBC land:

  • Drones should not be flown over people. As much of our land is open space we cannot guarantee an area to be completely free of people. 

  • Drones should not flown near property; as most of our spaces are bounded by housing or commercial areas this severely limits available space

  • There is the potential for disturbance to wildlife particularly within or adjacent to our countryside sites. Many birds see drones as a threat and may abandon nests within the breeding season

  • Many drones have cameras attached and these could infringe data protection laws (filming people without permission)

  • The presence of drones can be detrimental to the enjoyment of our spaces by other users.

For more information contact community&leisure@testvalley.gov.uk or call 01264 368000