Filming with Drones

We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries about filming with drones. To help with requests, we have produced these guidelines. 

Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) cannot take off or land on Council land without our permission.

Permission will generally only be granted where usage of a drone aids risk reduction in the workplace such as working at height, land and building survey work and or undertaking a professional service such as at festivals and events, or if the filming can be supported in line with our film friendly policy. 

Airports and airfield drone restriction zones

Flight restriction zones of 5km from Manchester Airport and City Airport (Manchester Barton) impact on areas of Trafford.

It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within these restricted zones unless you have permission from air traffic control at the airport or, if air traffic control is not operational, from the airport itself.

Sites in Trafford that are within the restriction zone include (but are not limited to):

  • Grove Lane Playing Fields, Hale
  • Halecroft Park, Hale Barns
  • Wellfield Lane Park, Timperley
  • Abbotsfield Park, Urmston
  • Davyhulme Park
  • Flixton Park
  • Golden Hill Park, Urmston
  • Stretford Meadows
  • Urmston Meadows
  • Woodsend Playing Fields

Non-professional use

We will generally not grant permission to private individuals to take off or land their drone on our land, and we recommend you review the drone guidance on the GOV.UK website 

You should ensure any images you obtain using your drone do not break privacy laws and you must not fly your drone within 50m of a person, vehicle or building not under your control. 

How to request permission

If you are a commercial operator and would like permission for a drone to take off or land on our property or the public highway for filming purposes you will need to complete a filming application.

Alongside the application you will need to provide:

  1. A Copy of your CAA Licence
  2. A copy of your public liability insurance (minimum £5 million)
  3. A copy of your flight plan including launch and landing points
  4. A copy of your risk assessment

Your risk assessment should show how you will comply with the terms of your CAA licence.

Decision making

We normally require a minimum of seven days’ notice to consult with key stakeholders. 

Our decision will take into consideration any disturbance, annoyance, harassment or distress which may be caused to site occupants/users during take-off, landing and on the flight path of the drone.

It is unlikely that applications which include flight paths over sites of important biological interest will be approved during the main bird breeding season of 1 March to 31 July as UAVs can appear as predators.

Depending on the nature of your request you may be required to pay an administration fee and/or a location fee. 

For further information on the commercial use of drones please visit the CAA website.