Drones and Drone Filming

The Film & Events Office is responsible for managing and approving all drone filming requests at UBC.

Drone Filming Requirements 

  • All commercial filming requests must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the filming dates.

  • All UBC related research filming requests must be submitted at least 5 days prior to the filming dates.

  • Drone pilots must carry a valid drone pilot certificate and only fly drones that are marked and registered. If you are flying a drone that is less than 250 grams, you do not need to register the drone or get a drone pilot certificate. Visit the Transport Canada website to learn how to obtain a certificate and how to register your drone. 

Drone Filming Guidelines 

  • There are two categories of drone operation: basic and advanced. Each one has a different set of rules drone pilots must follow. Visit the Transport Canada website to learn more. 

  • A Certificate of Insurance of $5 million with UBC named as additional insured is also required.  

  • 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. 

  • Please ensure that you are not flying near student and/or private residential buildings.   

  • A flight and safety plan must be provided. This would include the proposed launch and land locations.  

Drone Safety (source: Transport Canada) 

To keep yourself and others safe, please review the following: 

  • fly your drone where you can always see it 

  • you can fly at night if you have lights on your drone 

  • fly your done below 122 meters (400 feet) in the air 

  • fly your drone away from bystanders, at a minimum horizontal distance of 30 meters for basic operations 

  • flow your drone away from emergency operations and advertised events 

  • avoid forest fires, outdoor concerts, and parades 

  • fly your drone 5.6 kilometers (3 nautical miles) from airports

  • fly your drone 1.9 kilometers (1 nautical mile) from heliports 

  • fly your drone outside controlled airspace (for basic operations only) 

  • fly your drone far away from other aircrafts and drones

Note: You could face serious penalties, including fines and/or jail time, if you do not follow these safety guidelines. 

For drone filming requests and questions, please contact the Film & Events Office: