Permit to Operate an Aircraft on a Park or Reserve - Northern Territory


You must apply for this permit if you intend to use any kind of aircraft including a drone in a park or reserve in the Northern Territory.

You can fly your drones in areas generally open to the public at approved parks, provided you follow these rules:

  • fly your drone in a way that does not annoy or create a hazard to park visitors, disturb wildlife or interfere with park management operations
  • fly your drone according to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations
  • only fly your drone in your line-of-sight during daylight hours and don't let the drone get too far away from you
  • fly your drone to avoid crowded areas, including waterholes, campgrounds and picnic areas - do not fly within 200m or over these sites while they are in use
  • avoid flying near staff houses, offices or workshops - do not fly within 200m or over these sites
  • elsewhere, fly more than 30m away from people, animals, vehicles, boats or buildings
  • seek consent before recording or photographing people and let them know if you wish to film from your drone - ask if they mind or wait until they go
  • you must stop flying your drone if Parks and Wildlife staff ask you to.

If you require information about further restrictions or information about using drones in parks and reserves, please contact the department.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for the permit to Operate an Aircraft on a Park or Reserve you must agree to all of the terms and conditions listed on the permit application.

For more information on eligibility, please contact the department.


Up to 12 months.




Task Business Structure Resources
Common All Operation of Aircraft Permit - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1976 Northern Territory

Local law(s) name

Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation By-laws 1984

Additional information

To get a permit to land a plane or helicopter, or for commercial drone operations, you may have to hold 'all risks' public liability insurance for $10,000,000 or more.

For more information, please contact the department.

Administering agency

Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Permits Office

Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture

Operating address: Level 1 JHV2
356 Bagot Road
Millner NT 0810
Mailing address: PO Box 1448
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889994795
Fax: 0889994524
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