No drone zones

From Transport Canada

No Drone Zone signage

No Drone Zone signage is available in various format to interested airports, parks and municipalities who would like to post signage around the perimeter of their property or event.

No Drone Zone sign
(PDF, 329 KB)

Contact Transport Canada’s Outreach and Creative Services Unit for more information.

"No drone zones" are areas where it may not be safe to fly your drone for fun, work, or research without permission from Transport Canada.

Flying a drone for fun, work, or research

When you operate a drone for any reason without a permit, you should generally not fly:

  • around airports and aerodromes
  • in national parks
  • over the Canadian border
  • in busy, populated areas

Aerodromes

Aerodromes include airports, heliports, and seaplane bases.

Unless you have special permission from Transport Canada, do not fly your drone over or near an aerodrome.

For safety purposes, we recommend you fly at least nine kilometres (five nautical miles) from aerodromes in order to remain clear of manned aircraft and most control zones.

National parks

Canada limits the use of drones in our national parks. However, a park superintendent may allow their use in some cases. If you want to fly a drone in a national park, contact Parks Canada first.

Outside Canada

Rules for drones are not the same in all countries. Flying drones across international borders is not permitted. Always check a country’s aviation regulations before you fly in that country.

Other "no drone zones"

We recommend that you do not fly your drone over:

  • populated areas
  • moving vehicles
  • highways
  • bridges
  • busy streets

Always follow the basic "Do's and don’ts" for flying your drone safely and legally. Think safety first!

Flying a drone for work or research only: additional rules

When you fly a drone for work or research (legally known as a UAV), rules also apply for:

  • flying indoors
  • foreign operators (i.e., anyone who is not Canadian and flies in Canadian airspace)

Flying indoors

If you want to fly in a building where people are present, you must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC). For example, you need an SFOC to fly a drone at a sporting event, trade show, or demonstration.

You also need the property owner’s consent.

You do not need an SFOC to fly indoors when only the UAV crew or people directly helping with the UAV’s operation are in the building (e.g., actors on a movie set). However, make sure everyone present understands the risks.

Foreign operators

Foreign operators may only fly a UAV in Canada with an approved SFOC. Before you apply, you must already be allowed to use the drone for the same purpose in your home country. Include your country’s approval or authorization as part of your SFOC application.

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