Drones

As drones become more popular within the community, whether it is for personal or commercial use, it is imperative that they are used correctly and in line with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) laws and guidelines.

If you plan on flying a drone within the City of Cockburn, please refer to the below information and/or visit CASA’s website. Complaints regarding the use of drones can be reported to CASA.

Frequently asked questions

What is a drone?

A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle or a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

Do I need the City's approval to fly a drone?

No, you do not need the City’s approval. Under the City of Cockburn’s Local Laws (Local Government Act) 2000 (Consolidated Local Laws), flying a mechanically operated or remotely controlled model aircraft is prohibited on reserves, parks, ovals, foreshores and beaches. Please also follow CASA’s guidelines, particularly around Jandakot airport.

Can I book an area to fly a drone exclusively?

The City does not take bookings for drone use in public areas and cannot guarantee that the area you want to fly the drone will be available.

Private property use
You can fly a drone on private property providing you follow CASA’s regulations.

Commerical Use

If you intend to fly your drone for or at work (commercially), there are extra rules you must follow. You will need a remote pilot licence (RePL) or fly in the excluded category (sub-2 kilogram or private landholder).

Jandakot Airport

Unmanned aircraft may not be operated within 3 nautical miles (5.5 km) of Jandakot Airport without approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in consultation with Airservices Australia.

Information on the process for approval is available from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website opens in a new window.

Do's and Don'ts

Do's
  • Do keep your drone at least 30 meters away from other people
  • Do fly one drone at a time

  • Do keep your drone within your visual line-of-sight

  • Do respect personal privacy

  • Do keep your drone at least 5.5 kilometers away from an airport, including Jandakot Airport. 

  • Do download one of CASA's verified Drone safety apps to keep track of where you can and can't fly your drone. 

Don'ts
  • Don't fly your drone higher than 120 meters above ground level

  • Don't fly over people in a populous area such as beaches, parks, events or sports ovals

  • Don't record or photograph people without their consent

  • Don't fly your drone at night or through clouds and fog. 

  • Don't interfere near or at an area impacting public safety or where emergency operations are taking place. This could be a bushfire, car crash or police investigation. 

Privacy concerns

If you are concerned about privacy and drone use, contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner opens in a new window on 1300 363 992 or email.

How to make a complaint about unsafe drone operation in the City of Cockburn

Complaints about unsafe drone operators and operation cannot be accepted at the City of Cockburn and must be lodged with CASA on its website at https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/report-unsafe-drone-operations opens in a new window.

Fines of up to $1,110 can be issued per offence. If the matter is taken to court, fines of up to $11,100 can be imposed.

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