Use of Drones and Drone Filming

Use of drones and drone filming on the UBC campus and neighbourhood lands should follow Transport Canada's guidelines.

Aircraft over 35kg - a permit must be obtained from Transportation Canada

Aircraft under 35kg - a permit is not required but the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Drones must not fly higher than 90 meters above the ground
  • Drones should not be flown over the public or moving vehicles
  • Drones must not be flown closer than 75 meters to private residents, student residents, animals, vehicles or other buildings/structures
  • Drones must not be flown within 9km of a forest fire
  • Drones must not be fklown where it could interfere with police or first responders
  • Drones must not be flown at night or in clouds
  • Drowns must be kept in sight at all times
  • A safety perimeter should be established when filming with drones
  • Filming of students, faculty and staff for personal use and/or posting to social media is not permitted without the individual's prior written approval

Drone filming for commercial, documentary, educational purposes, and for student class productions must obtain approval from Community Development. Please contact Arlene Chan, Events & Film Liaison, at arlene.chan@ubc.ca