Drone noise regulations now in effect – who needs approval to fly?

Date published: 27 June 2022


From 1 July 2022, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications are making drone Noise Regulations compulsory.

A drone flying with cliffs and the ocean in the background

The regulations require remotely piloted aircraft (drone) operator’s certificate (ReOC) holders to seek noise approval to fly under certain circumstances.

An online self-assessment form is available on the Department’s managing drone noise webpage to help operators find out if they:

  • are exempt from requiring noise approval
  • can be granted automated noise approval
  • are required to provide a full application.

If operations are considered to pose a high risk of causing significant noise impacts to the community, a full application will need to be completed. This will cover all expected drone operations over the next 12 months.

For more information about the drone noise regulations or to access the self-assessment form, visit infrastructure.gov.au.

Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//drone-noise-regulations-now-effect-who-needs-approval-fly
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