Drone Laws in France
A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in France.
France Drone Regulations
According to France’s national aviation authority, the French Civil Aviation Authority, flying a drone is legal in France, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.
If you’d like to contact the French Civil Aviation Authority directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: Patrick.Gandil@aviation-civile.gouv.fr / +33 1 58 09 36 94
Why fly a drone in France? To get great aerial shots like these!
General Rules for Flying a Drone in France
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in France.
- Drone pilots must maintain a line of sight with their drones at all times. If a visual observer is tracking the drone, the pilot may fly out of his or her own range of sight.
- Drones may not be flown at night (unless with special authorization from the local prefect).
- Drones may not be flown over people; over airports or airfields; over private property (unless with owner’s authorization); over military installations, prisons, nuclear power plants, historical monuments, or national parks.
- Drones may also not be flown over ongoing fires, accident zones, or around emergency services.
- Drones may not be flown above 150 meters (492 feet), or higher than 50 meters (164 feet) above any object or building that is 100 meters (328 feet) or more in height.
Know something we don’t about drone laws in France? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com. We are not international aviation attorneys and do our best to keep this page up-to-date for drone pilots, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how governments are responding, drone regulations in France can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.
Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in France? Here you go: