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University premises: indoors

Flying a drone inside a building has obvious additional risks. On the other hand, certain considerations when flying outdoors do not apply. The final authority with respect to indoor operations is the University's Health and safety office.


Only drones below a take-off mass of 250g will be allowed to fly indoors. They must also be equipped with appropriate safety features such as rotor guards.

The main requirements for indoor operations are:

  • The operation must be carried out or supervised by a member of staff holding a GVC qualification.
  • Forms must be completed at least two weeks in advance of the event.
  • The leader must review the template documents to ensure that all requirements are met.

When completing the template documents, all text in red must be replaced by the relevant details.

When completing the risk assessment, the leader must double-check the risk items before initialling them. Sufficient attention must be given to the ature of the space, the potential hazards and possible interactions with people. For example, access to the area designated for the flight must be restricted by appropriate means.


  1. Obtain a flight code using the flight codes spreadsheet
  2. Download the template documents
  3. Update the viability study template
  4. Visit the room
  5. Update the site evaluation
  6. Update the risk assessment
  7. Complete and circulate the unusual events form


The steps above are designed to speed up the process but it is still the operation leader's responsibility to ensure that the operation complies with all legal and safety requirements. Check the timeline for guidance.