Rules for drones in Germany

Rules for drones in Germany

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of drone footage, which is odd because I thought
drones had had their day. But this raises an important issue: a few years ago,
when drones first became massively popular, several countries, including Germany, started to
regulate what you can and can’t do with them. Are all drone pilots aware of the rules? There are a few worrying signs
that some people might be taking liberties. When I was planning my Quedlinburg video last year
and asked for permission to film inside the church, the reply that I got included the advice that
I would not be allowed to fly a drone. That they felt it necessary to tell me that suggests that they’d had problems in the past
with people flying drones inside the church. I mean… wow! So here are the rules
for anyone hoping to fly a drone in Germany. Any drone that weighs over 250g must have a label
with the name and address of the operator. If your drone weighs more than 2kg
you must first pass a proficiency test before you can be allowed to fly it. This can be done at any test centre
approved by the Federal Aviation Office. If it weighs more than 5kg,
you also need to apply for a permit from the local state aviation authority
whenever you want to fly it. This can take a few weeks to process and cost 100 or 200 euros. You also need special permission
to fly over 100 metres, and you must always have
a line of sight to your drone. There’s also a long list of no-fly zones. Under no circumstances must a drone come closer
than 1.5km from the perimeter fence of an airport. Nobody knows exactly what might happen if a drone with a lithium battery
is sucked into an aircraft engine, and nobody really wants to find out. No-fly zones also exist above federal and state
government agencies and offices, prisons, hospitals, nature reserves, autobahns, federal routes,
federal waterways, and railways. You also can’t fly over crowds,
or anywhere the emergency services are working: scenes of accidents and disasters, for example. If you want to fly over private property, you must first get the permission
of the owner of that property. And that includes a lot of tourist attractions,
such as, for example, castles. If your footage shows private areas
not normally visible from street level, then you should also get permission
before you put it on the internet. In addition to all that, many cities and towns
also impose their own regulations. You might need to get permission from the local
municipal council before flying a drone. This is all bad news for most tourists, because it means in many cities it’s pretty much
impossible to legally fly a drone. But these regulations were felt necessary
due to a proliferation of drones and concerns over public safety and privacy. Realistically, you’ll have to go out into
open country if you want to fly a drone, and even then you’ll have to make sure
that you’re not flying in a nature reserve. In other words, if you’re a tourist…
don’t bother with a drone.

Eugene Islam

19 thoughts on “Rules for drones in Germany

  1. Rule number one. You may not use drones in Germany to assassinate important government leaders and provoke a war.

  2. Hello rewboss, I am learning German (native language is Polish and I also speak English), any tips? I have been in Germany LOTS of times for my medical treatment since I have a special medical condition. I enjoy your videos, keep the good job up! Tschuess!

  3. Germany has lots of regulations on those things compared to other countries, I suspect. I have seen several Youtube videos of drones over German towns, as well as over French and Swiss locations. I wonder if there is a consistent way of both informing tourists from the UK or USA/Canada. Seems like many other nations have not really tackled this issue to such an extensive degree.

  4. drones are kinda obnoxious in my opinion, they have their uses and are fun to use, but in majority of cases they are nuance and often are risking the safety/privacy of people

  5. Rule number 0.9 to fly drones in germany (since rule number one already has been taken 😉 : Don't fly drones in germany!

    Germans are ingenious people. And they're most ingenious on regulations!

    Don't expect anything to be accepted that isn't build of at least 20 pound of solid steel. Anything electronics isn't serious. And anything involving the internet is only used for porn or worse and surely causes cancer or ADHD. Watch the sky, dinosaurs!

    But enough of the ranting: If you really think long and hard about it, most of those regulations make sense. (Anyone wanting to buy my newly acquired and originally packed drone ?)

  6. There is an interesting debate whether it is allowed to shoot down a drone that appears over your garden or home. The answer is: principally yes, but the German gun rules require that you cannot fire a gun legally outside a shooting range, except in self-defense.

  7. Eh…
    My opinion towards the drone legislation:
    Es wird nichts so heiß gegessen, wie es gekocht wird!
    (Nothing gets served as hot as it's prepared.)
    As long as you are polite and ask the people involved for permission, use common sense and aren't being a giant dickflute, you will be okay, I think.

  8. Always remember: You are accountable for any delays that you create with your drone. And the police is pretty good at locating the signals.

  9. Drones are being flown indoors all the time – mostly the smaller, more compact models. A church is just another normal building, nothing else. With the exception that most of them do have more space inside than is usual for buildings. So, as long as there are no other visitors, why shouldn't it be allowed to fly a drone inside a church? After all, drone operators are required to have liability insurance, so in case the drone would crash and break something, they should be covered.
    Edit after watching the video: But on the other hand, since churches are private property, drone operators would need the permission of the owner, and since these people think of their buildings as something special, they won't usually give that permission easily. They consider their buildings "holy", so they might just be afraid a crashing drone may add another hole to their holyness? 😉

  10. Vielen Dank, das Gefühl, das nahezu alles Drohnenvideos, die man von Deutschland sieht, illegal sind, hatte ich schon lange, aber es ist gut, nochmal die Bestätigug dafür zu bekommen, das das eigene Rechtsgefühl richtig lag.

  11. Do I even need these permits for flying on my own private property? Like, a really really big area of land with noone nearby?

  12. Shoutout to NALF, who used drone footage on his Youtube channel (despite being warned), was reported for it and then had to have a nice conversation with the German police 🙂

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