Applications for NSFs should be made with a minimum of 21 days notice – Note applications in
the Restricted Areas in London may take longer.
For applications in the Restricted Areas please ensure you have sought permission/s from the relevant land owner, local authorities or other organisations impacted by the flight/task prior to submitting your application.
Applications submitted less than 7 days in
advance of the flight may not be processed.
For all queries in relation to your application, please
use the Contact us section on this page.
Operators/pilots will also be able use the website to request flight of UAS (more commonly known as drones) in the following Flight Restriction Zones (FRZ):
Please note – applications for Manchester’s FRZ can only be for a maximum of 48 hours, requests for longer durations will be rejected
The NSF portal is a NATS product and not all of UK airspace is managed by NATS, some parts are controlled by other ANSPs. The NSF can only provide approval in principle to those areas of Controlled Airspace managed by NATS.
Based on your selected location your request cannot be approved by NATS, therefore you are asked to consult the AIP for contact details and get in direct touch with the relevant authority. If your flight is within an airport Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) not listed, you will need to contact them directly for further instructions on how to obtain approval to operate.
Please note this does NOT constitute approval to proceed with your operation.
You must ensure you always adhere to the Drone Code and relevant articles of the Air Navigation Order.
Further information on rules, restrictions and best practice when flying your drone can be found on the DroneSafe website (https://dronesafe.uk/).
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