Drone footage regulations in Oslo

Drone footage regulations in Oslo

Are you planning on doing drone photography in Oslo? Note that this is not allowed in all parts of the city. 

Drone footage regulations are quite strict in Norway and in particular in Oslo, where there is a large no-fly zone covering large parts of the city centre. There are also restrictions around airports, military zones and national parks. 

If you are planning to use a drone in Oslo, it is your responsibility to make sure you understand the regulations. Make sure you examine the website of the Civil Aviation Authorities of Norway if you are unsure of how to interpret the drone flying rules. Note that all professional or commercial users have to apply to the Aviation Authorities of Norway. On this page we provide a summary of the most important rules.

The map below shows the no-fly zone. Note that the Vigeland Park, Ekeberg Sculpture Park, Bygdøy and the fjord islands are all just outside the no-fly zone. The Opera, Tjuvholmen, Akershus Fortress, St. Hanshaugen and Grünerløkka are all inside the no-fly zone. Violations of the regulations can be fined. 

Drone footage regulations: No-fly zone
Drone footage regulations: No-fly zone

Regulations for areas where drone flying is permitted: The drone cannot weigh more than 2,5 kilos (RO1). It cannot be flown higher than 120 meters, and not closer than 50 meters to a person, a house, car or other third party entities. If you are near a crowd of more than 100 people, do not fly closer than 150 meters. Only fly in daylight at a top speed of 30m/s (60 knots), mark your drone with name and phone number.

All professional or commercial users (including media outlets and blogs) have to apply to the aviation authorities and have a documented insurance (costs about 1000 NOK) for legal third-party liability. The decision is on the journalist him/herself if they still would like to film using a drone, but there is a need to apply in order for it to be at all possible. The application process is fairly effective and is generally handled on the day.

Disclaimer: Please note that this page is meant as a user-friendly introduction to official rules regarding the use of drones in Oslo. VisitOSLO cannot be held responsible for failure to abide by rules and regulations as specified on the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway website. VisitOSLO cannot be held responsible for failure to inform on changes to rules and regulations.

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