Guidance about using Drones in the Royal Pavilion Garden

Drones are becoming an increasingly popular way to record footage and capture stills of historic sites. We have a responsibility to care for and conserve the Royal Pavilion and Garden, and maintain the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. We therefore do not permit any unapproved drone use on or over the Royal Pavilion Estate.


In certain circumstances we may grant permission for drone-related commercial filming from recognised production companies. All production companies seeking permission to fly a drone or UAV for commercial filming must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and all flights are subject to a strict approval process and a filming location fee.
Contractually the footage can only be used for the named project and promotion directly for it. Footage will not be used out of context, within other productions, re-used, lent or sold (see the Royal Pavilion & Museums filming agreement).

The following documentation must be submitted:

  • a current and valid CAA ‘Permission for Aerial Work’ (PFAW);
  • evidence of valid drone/UAV insurance cover & public liability insurance (minimum of ten million pounds PLI);
  • a risk assessment for the proposed flight;
  • a method statement, to include a flight plan and a technical specifications document for all equipment to be used.

All operators must also attend a pre-booked recce visit with a member of the Royal Pavilion & Museums staff prior to their flight. Any drone flying can only take place when the Royal Pavilion is closed to the public and the drone must not fly directly over the building.

We reserve the right to decline any application and will not approve requests from any production companies seeking permission in return for rights of access to footage captured.

We will not grant permission to fly for amateur or student filming.

Please contact the Royal Pavilion & Museums Marketing Team to enquire about drone filming for commercial use:
03000 290906 

Drone flying by the general public

We do not grant permission for private flying for the following reasons:

  • CAA regulations state that drones should not be flown above or near to people. As the Royal Pavilion estate has staff working on site and visitors present, unauthorised drone flying is both illegal and potentially puts people at risk.
  • Few non-commercial users have the correct training or permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to operate drones.
  • If a drone causes damage or harm, pilots generally do not have the correct insurances, or level of insurances, to adequately compensate those affected.
  • Many drones have cameras attached and these could infringe data protection laws (filming people without permission) and potentially could contravene The Royal Pavilion & Museums rules on commercial photography and filming.
  • The presence of drones can impinge on the quiet enjoyment of the Royal Pavilion Garden by other visitors and therefore potentially presents a public nuisance risk.

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