The flying of drones is not permitted within fifty metres of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
- For a map of the no-fly zone please download the PDF at the bottom of this page.
- Taking off or landing a drone on the bridge is also not permitted.
- In order to fly closer than the minimum distances specified in the Drone Code, you must contact Trish Johnson, Bridgemaster, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and obtain prior permission from the CAA.
General Information on Drone Flights
Please be aware that use of drones without following the following guidelines could lead to prosecution.
- You must register with the CAA if you want to fly a drone or model aircraft weighing between 250g and 20kg.
- Anyone flying the drone must have passed a theory test and have a flyer ID
- The person that’s responsible for the drone or model aircraft must have registered to get an operator ID
- Drones must be labelled with an operator ID.
- Read the Drone Code for information about flying your drone safely and legally.
It is against the law to fly without passing the test or registering. Visit the Dronesafe website for further information and guidance.
- See the Bristol City Council website for information about the flying of powered model aircraft, including drones, from Bristol’s parks.
- If taking off or landing from private land, you will require the express permission of the landowner or relevant authority from where you wish to take off and land.
Filming and Commercial Use
If you wish to film a planned event from a drone, you will need to seek the express permission of the event holder.
If you are filming professionally or for commercial purposes, you will need to seek permission from Bristol Film Office and/or apply for a permit allowing you to take off and land on Bristol City Council land.
If you wish to film from a drone on a street or road, you will need to apply for a full road closure from the relevant Local Authority or the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, and a filming permit – available from Bristol Film Office.