Drones Policy and Regulations by DGCA (Download PDF)

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Drafted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Came into effect from December 1,2018. Drone Regulations 1.0 clarifies where, when and how drones can operate within India.

National Drones Policy-Drone Regulations 1.0

  • With this new policy coming into effect, flying drones or remotely-piloted aircraft have become legal in India.
  • Under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, flying drones or remotely-piloted aircraft have become legal in India.


  • Manufacturing or operation of drones in India being managed by few businesses.

Products and Services provided primarily for

  • Cinematography
  • Agriculture
  • Infrastructure Sectors
  • No regulations in place to guarantee the legality of their products and services
  • Difficult for businesses to attract investors, limiting their ability to grow.
  • The national policy on drone would go a long way in addressing the issue of India not having any indigenous drone manufacturer capability.

Policy Highlights

  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has designed five different categories of drones as Nano, Micro, Small, Medium, and Large.
  • The Nano drones weighing less than 250 grams or equal does not need a registration or license under the new policy.
  • Digital Sky portal is an online portal and the drones belonging to remaining categories will need to be registered on this portal.
  • It is also a part of an enforcement system designated as No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT) .
  • As a part of the registration procedure, DGCA will issue a Unique Identification Number (UIN) or Unmanned Aircraft Operator՚s Permit (UAOP) .
  • Fresh UIN fee- ₹ 1,000 and fee for a fresh UAOP is ₹ 25,000 which is valid for 5 years.
  • Flying in the ‘green zones’ will require only intimation of the time and location of the flights via the portal or the app.
  • No flights will be allowed in the red zones and permissions will be required for flying in ′ yellow zones.

Drone Policy 2.0

  • Constitution of a task force.
  • Release of the final report by the end of the year.
  • Includes regulatory architecture for autonomous flying.
  • Delivery via drones.
  • Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 28, 2020

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