If you want to fly a drone over the road, footpath, berm, or other Auckland Transport (AT) property, you must submit a Non-Excavation Corridor Access Request (
AT only allows operators of drones with Part 102 certification from the Civil Aviation Authority to apply for permission to fly a drone over or around AT-controlled roads or property (this includes car park buildings).
Drone flights are prohibited:
- In, near, or above public transport stations.
- On board buses, ferries, or trains.
- On roads around the Auckland Zoo (Motions Road, Western Springs Road and Great North Road).
Operating a drone over the road
The Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) have created a video on the safety rules and regulations that apply to drone operators in New Zealand.
To fly a drone in a park or public space, refer to Auckland Council's guidelines.
A drone is also known as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Apply for permission to operate a drone over roads
*Note: for filming applications with a drone, please contact Screen Auckland.
You will need to register with MyWorksites before you can submit an application.
When you have a registered with MyWorksites you can submit an application.
- Step 1: Log in to MyWorksites.co.nz
- Step 2: Create a new application, type: Non-excavation.
- Step 3: Follow the prompts to fill in your application and upload all required documentation. You will be able to preview the details of your application before you submit it.
- Step 4: Submit.
- Step 5: Your request will be confirmed and you will be given a unique job number - use this number in all communication and extension requests. You will also be emailed a confirmation of your request containing the job number, the name of your AT contact person, and a summary of your submission.
- Step 6: The AT Corridor Access team will review your application and inform you if there's anything more you need to do.
- Step 7: Your approved
NECARpermit will be emailed to you.
You must upload these documents with your application:
- Flight plans.
Copyof public liability insurance cover.
- Copy of aviation insurance covering the use of a drone
- Part 102 certification.
- A hazard management plan.
- Completed customer accounting application form (PDF 45KB). This form enables AT to add your name to the approved customer invoicing list for the CAR or
NECARfees, which are separate to any fees from 3rd parties for providing plans or other work.
Complaints about drones and drone operators
If you feel a drone operator has breached the Auckland Council Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013 or the code of conduct, contact Auckland Council.
If there is an urgent risk to public safety, contact the police.
Any breaches of civil aviation rules must be referred to the CAA.