Drone Laws in Dominica

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Commonwealth of Dominica

Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority

The ECCAA does not have a website related to drones. Regulations related to drones or Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) are covered in the general aviation regulations.


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Dominica

The Eastern Caribbean agency responsible for drone safety, ECCAA, has provided a number of details on flying for fun or for work in Dominica. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Dominica?

According to ECCAA, drone use is allowed in Dominica, however, regulations are not mature and may be interpreted locally. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Dominica:

  • Drone pilots must maintain Visual Line-of-Sight (VLOS) with the drone at all times, except where permission has been granted by the ATC to do otherwise.
  • Scan the physical environment for potential obstacles or persons approaching.
  • Maintain a safe distance of no less than 50ft from all obstacles including
    buildings, persons, or structures.
  • Follow any provisions and conditions issued by the appropriate authorities
    particularly the ATC authorities.
  • Follow all of the manufacturer’s recommended practices for the safe operation of
    the Drone.
  • Do not operate from any seaport or airport and within any airport approach and departure path in Dominica.
  • There should be no unauthorized operations within airport approach and departure areas and specifically within 2.5 – 3 miles north and south of the airport runway center-line as well as 5 miles east and west of the threshold and end of the runway
  • Do not fly above 300 ft AGL.
  • Do not fly closer than 100 ft laterally from vehicles or an open-air assembly of people.
  • Do not fly in populous areas including over highways, beaches, stadiums, sporting events or festivities without permission.
  • Do not fly within or over restricted and prohibited areas, including airports, military bases, prisons or official residences, government buildings, etc.
  • Operate at night or in low visibility conditions without permission is prohibited.
  • Do not deploy any unauthorized objects from the unit to the ground.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Dominica

Please see the general rules above. The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority has not created a separate framework of regulations for hobbyists versus commercial providers.


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Dominica

Please see the general rules above. The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority has not created a separate framework of regulations for hobbyists versus commercial providers.


Useful published information on flying drones in Dominica

Not much public information is available about the use of drones in Dominica.

Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Dominica…

NOTE: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model aircraft, toy aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.


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