Procedure How to apply for authorisation to operate drones

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Direction de l'Aviation Civile

Héliport de Monaco
Avenue des Ligures
MC 98000  MONACO

Civil Aviation Authority :
(+377) 98 98 87 11

Fax : (+ 377) 98 98 87 08

Opening Hours : from 9.00am to 12.30 and from 1.30pm to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday

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Direction de l'Aviation Civile

Héliport de Monaco
Avenue des Ligures
MC 98000  MONACO

Opening Hours : from 9.00am to 12.30 and from 1.30pm to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday

Phone : (+ 377) 98 98 87 11

Fax : (+ 377) 98 98 87 08

Send us an email


Principle and conditions

All natural or legal persons wishing to operate a remotely piloted aircraft weighing more than 500g must be holders of a certificate of authorisation issued by the Director of Civil Aviation.

This authorisation, which includes a list of the remote pilots and the remotely piloted aircraft authorised, is issued for a validity period of three years.

The operator, once approved, must obtain authorisation prior to every flight.

See the procedure "How to request an authorisation to shoot ".

If you wish to undertake a flight without taking photographs, contact the Civile Civil Aviation Authority.

The use of model aircraft with a mass of less than 500g, captive flying devices, lightweight free-flying balloons and ultra-light gliders is freely permitted, with the exception of the vicinity of the Prince's Palace, the Place du Palais and within 150 metres of the heliport.

Unless authorised by the Minister of State, the use of any flying device is forbidden:

  • Above the Place du Palais and the Prince's Palace
  • Less than 150 metres from the boundaries of the heliport of Monaco


Collating the documents

You must provide:

  • A description of the flying devices: brand, type, main dimensions, mass, main constituent parts and materials used, predicted performance
  • The type of engine
  • The type of propellers
  • The make and type of the remote control system and frequency range used
  • A description of the power system and associated protective features
  • A description and proof of mandatory security features (barometric sensor, emergency landing device, third party protection)
  • A description of the maintenance procedures for the flying devices
  • A copy of the operator's public liability insurance contract
  • A copy of the flying licence, or certificate for a theoretical examination taken
  • A Special Activities Manual comprising the following information:
    • Setting out satisfactory security conditions for operating remotely piloted aircraft, in particular for protecting third parties on the ground and in flight.  It must contain the rules and procedures to be followed for operating remotely piloted aircraft, as well as all the necessary information for dealing with incidents and accidents
    • Setting out the requirements for undertaking special activities that are adapted to each type of remotely piloted aircraft.  It must state the checks that the remote pilot carries out to check that the aircraft and remote control system is functioning correctly before each flight
    • Reiterate the requirements to be respected for the implementation of the rules of the air
    • Describe security measures vis-à-vis third parties (limitations of use, dealing with breakdowns and loss of control, limiting risks in the case of impact, etc.)
    • For each type of special activity, state whether the remote pilot can, at the same time, be responsible for and undertake the tasks relating to flying the aircraft and those required of the person in charge of executing the special activity mission.  In cases where two people are required, state the relationship between and responsibilities of these two people
    • List the remote pilots, with the corresponding remotely controlled aircraft that they will be piloting
    • Explain the level of training of the remote pilots
    • State, if necessary, the special conditions for operating the aircraft at night


Submitting the application

The application must be submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority. It can also be sent by e-mail.

The authorisation is issued by the Director of Civil Aviation, after consultation with the Technical Commission for Health, Safety and Environmental Protection.

Last update: 24/10/2016

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