UAD (drones)

We generally seek to encourage responsible use of the foreshore and estuaries and therefore grant permission for anybody wishing to fly a UAD over our foreshore and estuaries. 

The flying of unmanned aerial devices (UAD) or 'drones'

We generally seek to encourage responsible use of the foreshore and estuaries and therefore grant permission for anybody wishing to fly a UAD over our foreshore and estuaries. This permission is strictly subject to all operators' complying with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations and codes, and obtaining all other necessary consents for the operation of UADs and the requirements of The Civil Aviation Authority. 

Foreshore in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is defined as the land between mean high water and mean low water. 

Please first assess that the area where you wish to fly a UAD is owned by the The Crown Estate by using our Foreshore and Estuary Map found here: 

The Crown Estate Foreshore and Estuary Map

Why is permission required?

All UK foreshore and estuaries have an owner. Unlike the public rights of fishing and navigation and our general permissive consent for public access along the foreshore, other activities, including the flying of UAD's, requires the landowner's permission. 

We are also required by the Crown Estate Act 1961 to manage our foreshore and estuaries and regulate such activities. 

On ocassions third parties may restrict the flying of UAD's on Crown Estate land.

Government agencies and Local authorities have the power to ban the flying of UAD’s and other activities through the use of bylaws and we would therefore recommend checking with the appropriate authority to ensure that no such ban is in place.