Freedom of Information Act 2000
Byelaws relating to UAV Flights
Ref No: FOI-2021-0900
Q1: Can you please advise if you have any byelaws relating to the use off UAVs
(Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) from your land, and if so can you please either provide a
copy or the link to their location on a website
We have no byelaws specifically and exclusively dealing with UAV’s. However, we have
many byelaws that cover the use of model aircraft, including UAV’s etc, is specific settings
around the City. Please check the provisions relating to the area with which you are
interested in each case.
A full list of the Council’s byelaws is set out at: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/environmental-issues/byelaws.aspx
Please note we advise that you should pay particular attention to the Pleasure Ground
Byelaws as well as site specific byelaws.
Further restrictions on use of UAVs are set out by both the Civil Aviation Authority, specific to
the airport corridors across Southampton, and by ABP as the Harbour Master in respect of
their use above Port airspace.
Q2: If you do not have any byelaws, do you have any other policies relating to the
use of UAVs on your land?
I can confirm that the City Council holds this information. The information is exempt under
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), because the information is accessible
to you, as it is already in the public domain. The information is available at http://www.southampton.gov.uk/environmental-issues/byelaws.aspx
- on drones http://www.southampton.gov.uk/people-places/parks-open-spaces/parks/parks-a-z/m-
on Model Aircraft (https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft/Model-aircraft/)
which explains about CAP722
If you do not have internet access, you may either use the facilities at your local library or at
the Council offices reception. However, if this is not convenient to you, please contact me
again and I will supply a copy of the information. There may be a charge for providing this
Q3: Can you finally advise if these have been reviewed in relation to CAP722C
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Authority in December 2020.
I am writing to advise you that, following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have
established that the information you requested is not held by Southampton City Council.
This is because Southampton City Council does not keep any data on whether the “policy” or
byelaw is reviewed in reference to CAP722C.
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