Drone Laws and Regulations in the Netherlands

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

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

 

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Is private drone flying allowed in the Netherlands?

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

A special permission is not necessary.

RECREATIONAL DRONE PILOTS (HOBBYISTS)

COMMERCIAL DRONE PILOTS (PROFESSIONALS)

Is commercial drone flying allowed in the Netherlands?

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

A special permission is required.

Maximum Height

120m / 394ft (only in Airspace "G")

> 120m / 394ft: special permission required

RPAS Operator Certificate: 120m / 394ft (only in Airspace "G")

RPAS Operator Certificate Light: 50m / 164ft (only in Airspace "G")

Maximum Height

Maximum Distance

RPAS Operator Certificate: 500m / 1,640ft

RPAS Operator Certificate Light: 100m / 328ft

The drone needs to remain in sight always (line-of-sight)

Maximum Distance

Labelling Requirements

Not required

Not required

Labelling Requirements

< 25kg / 55lbs without special permission

> 25kg / 55lbs special permission required

Maximum Take-Off Weight

Maximum Take-Off Weight

RPAS Operator Certificate: max 150kg / 330lbs

RPAS Operator Certificate Light: max 4kg / 8.8lbs

Flying a drone in the Netherlands is allowed during daytime only.

Nigh time flights need a special approval.

Day Times

Day Times

Flying a drone in the Netherlands is allowed during daytime only.

Night time flights need a special approval.

Drone Liability Insurance

Always required

Always required

Drone Liability Insurance

Competence Statement / License

Not required

RPAS Operator Certificate

Cost: approx. 10,000 € / 10,900 USD

RPAS Operator Certificate Light

Cots: approx. 600 - 1,500€ / 654 - 1,635 USD


You find more information here.

Competence Statement / License

Drone Ban Zones

State institutes

Federal authority constructions

Regional authority constructions

Airport control zones (CTR)

Industrial plants

Railway tracks

Streets (min 150m distance)

Vessels (min 150m distance)

Crowds of people (min 150m distance)

Populated areas (min 150m distance)

Hospitals

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

Bonaire Island (Dutch Carribean)

St. Eustatius Island (Dutch Carribean)

Saba Island (Dutch Carribean)

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.

Additional links and important email addresses

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