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Guidance About Using Drones At English Heritage Sites

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Drones at English Heritage Sites

There is increasing interest in the use of drones to film or photograph our historic locations. While drones offer a fantastic new perspective to enjoy and explore our historic buildings, we need to carefully balance these possibilities with the need to care for and conserve our sites, and maintain the safety of our visitors.

Drone Guidance

The use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or drones is not permitted at any English Heritage sites without prior approval. If use is approved by English Heritage then the following conditions will apply.

Conditions for Drone Flying

Current CAA legislation states that drones are not permitted to be flown within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft. The aircraft should not be flown within 50 metres of any person except during take-off or landing or within 30 metres of any person except for the person in charge of the aircraft.

To ensure the safety and security of English Heritage sites, any drone flying must take place when the site is closed to the public. All operators must hold the following:

  • A current and valid Permit for Commercial Operation (PfCo) from the CAA;
  • evidence of valid drone and public liability insurance;
  • a risk assessment for the proposed drone flight; 
  • a flight plan for the proposed drone flight;
  • a technical specification for the make / model of drone to be used;

All drone operators and fliers must also provide details of their Drone Registration Identification numbers, as per new government guidance introduced in November 2019. 

Further Steps

If you are interested in flying a drone for filming or surveying purposes at English Heritage sites, please contact us to discuss your project using the details below.

Please note: for all projects for commercial and personal filming use, drone flying will be treated as a commercial hire and fees will apply as appropriate.

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