Drone Laws in Monaco

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Principality of Monaco

Civil Aviation Authority of the Principe of Monaco (CAA)

Updated March 30, 2022

UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Monaco

The Monaco agency responsible for drone safety, CAA, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Monaco?

According to CAA, drone operations are allowed in Monaco subject to very strict CAA regulations. Read on for more details.

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

All natural or legal persons wishing to operate a remotely piloted aircraft weighing more than 500g must be holders of a certificate of authorization issued by the Director of Civil Aviation.

This authorization, which includes a list of the remote pilots and the remotely piloted aircraft authorized, is issued for a validity period of three years.

The operator, once approved, must obtain authorization prior to every flight.

See the procedure “How to request an authorisation to shoot”.

If you wish to undertake a flight without taking photographs, contact the Civile Civil Aviation Authority.

The use of model aircraft with a mass of less than 500g, captive flying devices, lightweight free-flying balloons, and ultra-light gliders is freely permitted, with the exception of the vicinity of the Prince’s Palace, the Place du Palais, and within 150 meters of the heliport.

Unless authorized by the Minister of State, the use of any flying device is forbidden:

  • Above the Place du Palais and the Prince’s Palace
  • Less than 150 meters from the boundaries of the heliport of Monaco

What documents are needed for drone approval in Monaco?

You must provide:

  • A description of the flying devices: brand, type, main dimensions, mass, main constituent parts and materials used, predicted performance
  • The type of engine
  • The type of propellers
  • The make and type of the remote control system and frequency range used
  • A description of the power system and associated protective features
  • A description and proof of mandatory security features (barometric sensor, emergency landing device, third party protection)
  • A description of the maintenance procedures for the flying devices
  • A copy of the operator’s public liability insurance contract
  • A copy of the flying licence, or certificate for a theoretical examination taken
  • A Special Activities Manual comprising the following information:
    • Setting out satisfactory security conditions for operating remotely piloted aircraft, in particular for protecting third parties on the ground and in flight.  It must contain the rules and procedures to be followed for operating remotely piloted aircraft, as well as all the necessary information for dealing with incidents and accidents
    • Setting out the requirements for undertaking special activities that are adapted to each type of remotely piloted aircraft.  It must state the checks that the remote pilot carries out to check that the aircraft and remote control system is functioning correctly before each flight
    • Reiterate the requirements to be respected for the implementation of the rules of the air
    • Describe security measures vis-à-vis third parties (limitations of use, dealing with breakdowns and loss of control, limiting risks in the case of impact, etc.)
    • For each type of special activity, state whether the remote pilot can, at the same time, be responsible for and undertake the tasks relating to flying the aircraft and those required of the person in charge of executing the special activity mission.  In cases where two people are required, state the relationship between and responsibilities of these two people
    • List the remote pilots, with the corresponding remotely controlled aircraft that they will be piloting
    • Explain the level of training of the remote pilots
    • State, if necessary, the special conditions for operating the aircraft at night

How to get authorization to fly in Monaco?

The application must be submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority. It can also be sent by e-mail.

The authorization is issued by the Director of Civil Aviation, after consultation with the Technical Commission for Health, Safety, and Environmental Protection.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Monaco

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.

Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Monaco

All filming in the Principality is subject to a request for authorization.

Requests for filming must be submitted at least 15 days prior to the planned start date of filming.

Please note: The application file must be complete, i.e. include all the documents requested. If the file is not complete, the application will not be processed within the deadline.

A complete version of the script must be provided to the Government Communication Department one month prior to the start date for all films of fiction (cinema or television), whether they are fully or partially filmed in the Principality

The extended use of certain places or streets in the Principality may give rise to the payment of an occupancy fee for usage of the public domain of the State.

Prior authorization from the Digital Platforms and Resources Department is mandatory for the use of temporary radio networks (for SNG, HF cameras, and radiocommunication devices)

For more information please consult the procedures:

If you anticipate to film using a drone, the company undertaking this must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority.
For more information, see the procedure: How to apply for authorization to operate drones

If you anticipate to film sites belonging to the Monte Carlo Société des Bains de Mer(Casino, Casino Square, and the Casino Gardens, One Monte-Carlo, Café de Paris, Hotel de Paris, Hermitage, Monte Carlo Beach, Sporting) please contact:

Collating the documents

For all films of fiction

For film using a drone

Making the application

Follow the link to the web service to request authorization to shoot.

NB: if you wish to make different kinds of shooting (photo, video, or film), you must make several online requests.

You will receive a delivery receipt for any online application.

You will receive the authorization by e-mail.

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.

Useful published information on flying drones in Monaco

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

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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