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Drone registration is mandatory in Ireland in accordance with the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order S.I. 563 of 2015. All drones over 1kg must be registered. Click here for more information on drone registration. 

The new European drone rules will come into force as of 31 December, 2020 (amended date pursuant to European Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/746 of 4 June 2020). Drone operators should make themselves familiar with the new EU-wide regulations, and in particular Regulation (EU) 947/2019, details of which can be found here.

EASA's Easy Access Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Regulations (EU) 2019/947 and (EU) 2019/945), which can be found here.

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Please read the guidance material provided by the Data Protection Commissioner concerning drone usage here.

Please see Office of Public Works National Monuments website concerning drone operations here.

Please see details regarding Special Protection Areas here

The use of drones is becoming more and more prevalent in Ireland and prospective operators should be aware of their responsibilities to ensure safety. Drones and model aircraft are considered as unmanned aircraft which are remotely piloted/controlled. These are often used recreationally. Operators of such aircraft must familiarise themselves with the rules regarding these aircraft, to ensure they don’t endanger other airspace users or people.

The Small Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets Order applies to the majority of model aircraft/drones used in Ireland.

Restrictions apply to where drones/model aircraft may be flown. They are often determined by the mass (weight) of the drone. This weight is the total weight of the aircraft as it commences its flight, less any fuel. See the Guidance Material for more detailed information.

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