Drones continue to grow in popularity and the sheer number and variety now on sale – they can range in price from tens of pounds to thousands – means it can be quite hard to know which one to choose.
If you’re think of buying one, particularly if you’re considering buying one from overseas, you need to realise that not all drones you find for sale may be legal in the UK.
What are the rules?
Within the UK the use of radio apparatus – including drones – is regulated by law. This ensures that only equipment which is safe and does not cause harmful interference is placed on the market.
Radio apparatus can only be used under the terms and conditions of an Ofcom licence or a licence exemption.
Most domestic drones will be classed as licence exempt. This means they don’t need a licence so long as the drone is ‘CE’ marked and it meets certain requirements.