Unmanned Aircraft Regulatory Requirements

To ensure that all Unmanned Aircraft (UA) operations are conducted in a safe and responsible manner, it is important for all UA users to fulfil the respective regulatory requirements before flying the UA. Regulatory requirements are applicable to all who wish to fly UA in Singapore, including Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, as well as non-residents.

The UA regulatory framework is differentiated according to three classifications of UA uses: Recreational, Educational and Business. Read below to help you identify the necessary regulatory requirements in accordance with the purpose of UA operations.


For Recreational Purposes

If you are flying your UA for recreational purposes, the requirements are as follows:

  If you are flying your UA indoors: If you are flying your UA outdoors: 
Registration Requirements 
  • Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g.
  • Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g.
Pilot Requirements
  1. in a place that is publicly accessible; or
  2. for an event that is attended by more than 50 individuals at any time during the event.
  • A UA Pilot Licence if the total weight of your UA exceeds 7kg, and if you are flying your UA:
  1. in a place that is publicly accessible; or
  2. for an event that is attended by more than 50 individuals at any time during the event.
Permit Requirements
  • A Class 2 Activity Permit is required if the total weight of your UA does not exceed 25kg, but you are flying your UA:
  1. at an altitude exceeding 200 feet above mean sea level; or
  2. within any restricted / danger/ protected area; or
  3. within 5km of any airport or military airbase.
  1. the total weight of your UA exceeds 25kg, regardless of the location and height at which you fly your UA; or
  2. you are flying your UA beyond visual line-of-sight, regardless of the weight of your UA.

For Educational Purposes

If you are flying your UA for educational purposes, the requirements are as follows:

  If you are flying your UA indoors: If you are flying your UA outdoors: 
Registration Requirements 
  • Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g.
  • Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g. 
Pilot Requirements
  1. in a place that is publicly accessible; or
  2. for an event that is attended by more than 50 individuals at any time during the event.
  • You will require a UA Pilot Licence is required if the total weight of your UA exceeds 7kg, and if you are flying your UA:
  1. in a place that is publicly accessible; or
  2. for an event that is attended by more than 50 individuals at any time during the event.
Permit Requirements
  • Class 2 Activity Permit is required if the total weight of your UA does not exceed 7kg, but you are flying your UA:
  1. at an altitude exceeding 200 feet above mean sea level; or
  2. within any restricted/danger/protected area; or
  3. within 5km of any airport or military airbase.
  1. the total weight of your UA exceeds 7kg, regardless of the location and height at which you fly your UA; or
  2. you are flying your UA beyond visual line-of-sight, regardless of the weight of your UA.

For Business/Non-Recreational/Non-Educational Purposes

If you are flying your UA for business or non-recreational/non-educational purposes, the requirements are as follows:

  If you are flying your UA indoors: If you are flying your UA outdoors: 
Registration Requirements 
  • Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g.
  • Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g. 
Pilot Requirements
  1. in a place that is publicly accessible; or
  2. for a sporting activity such as a competitive race or tournament; or
  3. for an event that is attended by more than 50 individuals at any time during the event.
  • Regardless of the weight of your UA, the location and height at which you fly your UA, you will need a UA Pilot Licence.
Permit Requirements
  • An Operator Permit and a Class 1 Activity Permit are required if you are flying your UA for:
    1. a sporting activity that forms part of an organised group activity or organised competition, race or tournament; or 
    2. an event that is attended by more than 50 individuals at any time during the event.


user-identification-wizard 

Let the user identification wizard help you to check if you need to register your UA, or require any training, permit or licence for your intended UA activity outdoors.



Important Note

CAAS takes a serious stance and will not hesitate to take enforcement action/s against errant of UA users or those who contravene the regulations. Refer to the Air Navigation (101 - Unmanned Aircraft Operations) Regulations here for more information on UA regulations and penalties, and here for guidance on compliance with the regulations.

For cross-border UA operations and permit applications, please refer to the information here.



Last Updated on 22 February 2024