Before contacting the Peak District National Park with your query regarding drones/UAVs, please read the commonly asked queries below.
What is the legislation covering drones in the UK (updated December 2020)?
There are two sets of regulation which apply to the use of drones in the UK, whether they are being used for commercial or recreational purposes:
- aviation regulations which are enforced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA); and
- data protection regulations which apply where the drone is used for capturing personal data and are enforced by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
Anyone using a drone needs to follow basic safety rules which are summarised in the CAA's Dronecode.
The British Model Flying Association offers advice and guidance on the current legal situation regarding drones and model aircraft.
Where can I fly my drone in the Peak District National Park?
The Peak District National Park comprises areas owned by a range of private and public landowners. The Peak District National Park Authority does not own all land in the National Park and cannot grant permission for drone flying (if appropriate) in areas outside its ownership or management.
If you wish to fly a drone in the Peak District National Park, we advise that you seek the permission of the relevant landowner. Please be aware that under Data Protection regulations, the Peak District National Park is unable to supply the details of land ownership.
Other groups or partner organisations based within the National Park may require you obtain a licence from them.
Flying drones on Peak District National Park land
Bye-laws exist on our own land which precludes the flying of model aircraft. In addition, some parts of our land ownership includes areas where drone flying is not permitted at certain times of year (generally March-August annually) due to the potential for disturbance to wildlife. This includes Stanage Edge.
As a general rule, permission for drone flying on our land is unlikely to be granted during the bird nesting season (March – August).
Flying drones on/above designated sites (e.g. Sites of Special Scientific Interest/SSSI)
Drones or model aircraft should not be flown on, or over Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or Special Protection Areas (SPAs) without consent from Natural England. For guidance, much of the upland ‘Dark Peak’ area of the Peak District National Park is designated as SSSI land.
The Peak District National Park Authority does not process requests for exemptions to these restrictions on behalf of other parties.
Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981)
All pilots should be aware of the WCA and the legal protection for birds and wildlife against disturbance, in particular during the breeding season.
Media and commercial filming
The above advice/restrictions apply to all drone flying, including requests from the media and commercial film operators, or contractors acting on their behalf. Please ensure you have considered the information above before contacting the Peak District National Park Authority for additional information/permissions.
Reporting drone misuse
If you have any concerns about the use of drones in any area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, then you should contact your local police. The Peak District National Park Authority is not an enforcement body and cannot respond to individual cases, which will be passed on to the police if appropriate. The CAA does not investigate complaints of drone misuse.