Dear West Sussex County Council,

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.

If you do not have any byelaws, do you have any other policies relating to the use of UAVs on your land?

Can you finally advise if these have been reviewed in relation to CAP722C ( published by the Civil Aviation Authority in December 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Hawkins, West Sussex County Council

Dear Simon Hawkins

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Dear Simon Hawkins,

Our Ref: FOI/1960

On 21/01/2021 you made the following request for information, which has
been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Freedom of Information request - Byelaws relating to UAV Flights

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
confirm that this Authority holds data relevant to your request.

The Response to your request is as follows:

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) do not have any such byelaws relating to
land within our ownership. 

WSCC does however have a policy on the use of drones on our land the
details of which I provide below:

?Drones are to be permitted on WSCC land by 3rd parties, for WSCC approved
purposes only, provided that conditions are met, consents are sought, and
a licence is entered into by the operator.

?Generally, 3rd parties are not permitted to operate drones on WSCC land
for their own purposes.

?WSCC will require the drone operator to enter into a licence so that
there are clearly documented contractual obligations and covenants between
the parties.  A fee may be payable and an agreement as to who owns the
image rights.  A licence will require the following annexures.

?Civil Aviation Authority Permit – to be annexed to the licence

?Details of pilot in control – to be annexed to the licence

?Risk assessment - to be annexed to the licence

?Public liability insurance - to be annexed to the licence

?Flight plan - to be annexed to the licence


This policy has not been reviewed in relation to CAP722C.


Further to the above WSCC owns a drone which can be used to film the WSCC
estate or Fire and Rescue operations provided conditions are met and
consents are sought.

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