30 Sep 2022
Research and development, Community, Flying Drones
You may need to seek approval under the Noise Regulations if:
You do not need to seek an approval under the Noise Regulations if:
If you are unsure whether you require approval, we recommend you complete the form below.
Applications for an approval under the Noise Regulations can be made using the form below. Based on your answers, you may be exempted from requiring an approval, granted an automated approval, or required to provide a full application to the department.
If your operations are considered to pose a high risk of causing significant noise impacts, the department will contact you to obtain more detailed information about your intended drone operations and may place conditions on your drone operations to mitigate noise impacts.
Self-assessment application form
You only need to complete this form once to cover your expected and typical drone operations over the next 12 months. If you are not sure about the details of the operations you may be conducting over the next year, answer the questions to the best of your knowledge.
If the nature of your operations change significantly over the next 12 months, you should complete the form again or provide additional information to the department to maintain a valid approval. Details of your obligations will be provided as part of your approval.
Your drone noise self-assessment application form, including any personal information requested, is being collected by the department in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988, and as authorised under the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2021.
The department will use this information to consider drone noise self-assessment applications.
Your personal information will be stored securely. It may be used by the department to make further contact and/or to seek further information from you about your noise self-assessment application. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties.
Feedback from the community, including complaints made about noise from drones, plays an important role in how the department manages drone noise. Community feedback about noise from drones may result in the department:
If your drone operations are not exempt under the Noise Regulations and you operate without an approval, you may be committing an offence under the Noise Regulations. The department observed a grace period until 1 July 2022 to allow drone operators time to obtain an approval if required. A penalty can be imposed under Division 1, section 6(4) of the Noise Regulations if a drone operator engages in air navigation without an approval when one is required.
If your drone operation is required to undertake a full application process, the department may seek further information from you including, but not limited to:
As part of your approval, we may impose reporting requirements to help monitor noise impacts. This may include: