Permits to use aircraft and drones in parks

You need a permit to land or use any kind of aircraft in a park or reserve in the Northern Territory (NT), including drones. 

Before you apply to get a permit make sure you understand all the rules and guidelines for safety, comfort and permits in parks and reserves.

Rules and permits for drones

For rules about flying and landing drones in NT parks and reserves go to flying drones in parks.

If you want to fly your drone for recreation in a park or reserve you need an operation of aircraft permit.

To fly a drone for any commercial or professional purpose you also need a commerce and trade permit. This includes for film and photography. 

You are responsible to make sure your drone is airworthy, flown safely and according to the law. For more information go to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) website.

Where you can fly your drone

With a permit you can fly your drone in areas generally open to the public at approved parks as long as you follow park rules and the CASA's regulations.

To find out where you can fly your drone with a permit read the schedule to the drones in parks policy.

Schedules to the drones in parks policy (47.3 kb)
Schedules to the drones in parks policy (60.2 kb)

You can also request a copy of the Drones in Parks Policy and Guidelines by contacting Parks and Wildlife.

Aircraft landing rules - other aircraft

Your aircraft must land only where there is no danger to anyone.

Parks and Wildlife will assess your application with this in mind.

Before you apply

When you apply to fly a drone you must agree to follow the conditions of the permit. These are listed on the application form.

Further conditions may apply for commercial use of drones. These will be discussed with you before you receive a permit.

To get a permit to land a plane or helicopter, or for commercial drone operations, you may have to hold 'all risks' public liability insurance for $10,000,000 or more. The certificate must be in you or your company's name and span the dates of your activity.

How to apply

To apply for a permit you must fill in the appropriate operation of aircraft permit form.

For a permit to fly or land an aircraft, including a drone, for recreation:

Operation of aircraft form (104.5 kb)
Operation of aircraft form (122.1 kb)

For a permit to fly or land aircraft, including a drone, for commercial use including where film or photographs taken from the aircraft are sold or used to promote a product or business:

Operation of aircraft - trade and commerce form (107.7 kb)
Operation of aircraft - trade and commerce form (120.1 kb)

Submit the form by email, fax, phone or in person to the Parks and Wildlife Commission permits and concessions office.

Last updated: 02 March 2017