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Under the new bill, drones weighing less than 7kg or less can be flown for recreational and private uses without a permit unless they meet certain restrictions.

The new framework prohibits the carriage of dangerous materials, such as weapons or bio-chemical or radioactive material by unmanned aircraft. It also prohibits the discharge of any substance from an unmanned aircraft without a permit.

A permit is also required for drones used for commercial purposes or specialised services, such as surveying or flying display performances.

The new bill will also gazette security-sensitive locations as “protected areas”, where drones cannot fly over nor take photographs without a permit.

Such regulations will also apply for “special event areas”, or venues designated for major events, such as some areas of the Southeast Asian Games.

Existing regulations will apply as well under the bill. Operators must obtain a permit to fly a drone that weighs more than 7kg. They must also have permits to fly within 5km of an aerodrome, regardless of height, or at altitudes above 200ft (61m) above mean sea level when they are 5km or more outside of an aerodrome.

What are the different types of permits?

(1) Operator Permit
An Operator Permit is granted by CAAS to an applicant if the applicant is able to ensure safe operation of unmanned aircraft, taking into account the applicant’s organisational set-up, competency of the personnel especially those flying the unmanned aircraft, procedures to manage safety including the conduct of safety risk assessments, and the airworthiness of each of the aircraft. The permit is valid for up to one year.

(2) Activity Permit
An Activity Permit is granted by CAAS to an applicant for a single activity or a block of repeated activities to be carried out by an unmanned aircraft at a specific area of operation, and which are of specific operational profiles and conditions.

(3) Other Permits
Other permits are required from various agencies for certain aspects of the unmanned aircraft operation that come under their purview, such as Singapore Police Force (SPF) for aerial photography and/or overflight of security-sensitive locations, or Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) for the use of radio frequencies.

How can I apply for a permit?

You can apply for a permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore at

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