Flying drones in parks
This page has information on the rules for flying drones in Northern Territory (NT) parks and reserves.
You need a permit to fly a drone in an NT park or reserve and must fly only at approved parks.
For more information about where you can fly your drone with a permit, go to the Flying Your Drone Information Sheet PDF, 1025.97 KB . For application forms go to permits to use aircraft and drones in parks.
Rules for drones
With a permit, you can fly your drone in areas generally open to the public at approved parks, provided you follow these rules:
- fly your drone in a way that does not annoy or create a hazard to park visitors, disturb wildlife or interfere with park management operations
- fly your drone according to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations - make sure you know and follow CASA’s flying your drone for fun rules for recreational drones
- only fly your drone in your line-of-sight during daylight hours and don't let the drone get too far away from you
- fly your drone to avoid crowded areas, including waterholes, campgrounds and picnic areas - do not fly within 200m or over these sites while they are in use,
- avoid flying near staff houses, offices or workshops - do not fly within 200m or over these sites
- elsewhere, fly more than 30m away from people, animals, vehicles, boats or buildings
- fly no higher than 120m (400 feet) above ground level
- fly in a way that does not create a hazard to other aircraft - keep at least 5.5km (3 nautical miles) away from an airport, airfield or helicopter landing site. This restriction affects many parks and reserves
- seek consent before recording or photographing people and let them know if you wish to film from your drone - ask if they mind or wait until they go
- you must not fly over or near an area during emergency operations - this includes accidents, bushfires, flood emergencies, police operations and search and rescue activities
- if you wish to fly your drone for any commercial purpose or financial gain, you need a Commerce and trade permit and must notify CASA. This includes film and photography
- you must stop flying your drone if Parks and Wildlife staff ask you to.
If you fail to stop flying your drone when asked to, you may be issued with a fine.
For more information contact the Parks and Wildlife Permits and Concessions Office.
Last updated: 01 October 2019