Drone Laws - Netherlands

Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

(Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport - Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu)


Flying drones safely campaign Ministry Website ILT Netherlands (en)

Rules for recreational drones flying (EN)

  • License and insurance required.
  • The maximum weight for private drones is 25kg.
  • Not permitted to fly over groups of people.
  • You must be able to see the drone at all times.
  • You may not fly in the dark.
  • You must always give priority to all other aircraft, e.g aeroplanes, helicopters, gliders, etc. This means that YOU MUST LAND immediately once you see an aircraft approaching.
  • Verify whether your third-party insurance covers any damage your drone inflicts on other.
  • If you use your drone to make money, the rules for commercial use of drones apply.
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    If you use your drone to make money, you must observe the rules pertaining to commercial (professional) use. The rules that apply to commercial users differ from those applying to people who fly a drone as a hobby.If you are in possession of a ROC permit or a ROC Light permit, you may fly your drones professionally. However, the general safety rules for drones still apply.
  • License and permit (RPAS Operator Certificate ROC or ROC Light Permits) a ROC light permit allows to operate a drone weighing no more than 4 kg.
  • Insurance required.
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