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Drones

Lead time for requests: minimum 10 business days lead time

To apply for use of streets, sidewalks or parking, click here to proceed to Step 3 of our application process. (Make sure you don’t miss steps 1 and 2.)

Canada’s federal government and the City of Calgary have regulations for the operation of drones to protect public safety and citizens’ privacy.

Things to consider when requesting a drone permit

  • Before you submit a permit request, please review the Calgary Police’s information on the safe operation of drones.
  • Drone areas throughout the city have been considered to allow for as broad use as possible, however there are control areas in which drones are not allowed, including the airport, all splash parks, and all cemeteries. Details can be found here.
  • If flight plans include provincial lands, please go to the Province of Alberta’s Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles website for information and to apply for permits. Please note that it may take at least 10 business days and up to 30 days to gain the necessary provincial approvals.
  • You will need to provide a flight plan, including clearly marked take-off and landing spaces along with your intended flight path.  
  • Drone permittees will need to provide proof of insurance and copies of their drone registration and drone Pilot Certificate from Transport Canada, an arm of the federal government. 
Crew posing with several drones
Pilots ready to launch a drone

Fees relating to drones

All fees are subject to change and 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) 

  • Fees vary based on the weight of the drone along with launch and landing locations. Our Film Friendly team will assist you with quotes.