Drone Laws and Regulations in France

Find out whether you are allowed to fly your drone in France and what

rules apply or whether it is prohibited in general. We do not assume any liability.

 

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RECREATIONAL DRONE PILOTS (HOBBYISTS)

Is private drone flying allowed in France?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below.

A special permission is not required.

Maximum Height

Max 150m / 492ft

> 150m / 492ft special approval required

Maximum Distance

None, but must be kept in line-of-sight of the operator at all times

unless approval for beyond line-of-sight has been given

Maximum Take-Off Weight

None

Competence Statement / License

Not required

Day Times

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Labelling Requirements

Not required, but recommended

Drone Liability Insurance

Always required

COMMERCIAL DRONE PILOTS (PROFESSIONALS)

Is commercial drone flying allowed in France?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below and an

authorization issued by French DGAC is required.

Max 150m / 492ft

> 150m / 492ft special approval required

Maximum Height

Maximum Distance

None, but must be kept in line-of-sight of the operator at all times

unless approval for beyond line-of-sight has been given

Not required, but recommended

Labelling Requirements

Maximum Take-Off Weight

None

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Day Times

Drone Liability Insurance

Always required

Required, we're currently gathering more information

Competence Statement / License

Drone Ban Zones

State institutes

Federal authority constructions

Regional authority constructions

Airport control zones (CTR)

Urban areas

Crowds of people

Hospitals

Operation sites of police, military, search- and rescue forces

You must always yield right of way to manned aircraft!

FOR DJI DRONES ONLY!

Please note that there are several constant and temporary drone ban zones (known as no-fly-zones) that either won't let your drone take-off at all or that will ask for a permission of yours.

Please click at both graphics to spot all blocked / restricted areas near your desired flying location.

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