Under the Forestry Regulations 2013, it is an offence to fly a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle in a forest reserve without authority or a permit.

Our forests are popular places – in the interest of visitor safety, drones must not be flown within 30m of people, or above campgrounds and accommodation facilities.

To protect wildlife, drones are not permitted in Native Forest Reserves.

ForestrySA staff and contractors use drones, helicopters and other aircraft for forestry and operations including surveillance, and aerial herbicide and fertiliser application.

Unidentified and unauthorised drones pose an unacceptable risk and possible catastrophic consequences, particularly to manned aircraft in the sky.

Please contact us to organise your permit.

You can find out more about our requirements for photography and commercial filming here.



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