Fireworks, Drones & Cranes

Operation of Cranes, Directed Light, Fireworks, Toy Balloons, and Sky Lanterns within UK Airspace.

Working, building and events in the vicinity of an Airport can present significant risks if not managed responsibly by developers. This can include events using fireworks / lighting / sky lanterns, construction sites and drone flying.

As a result, we always encourage you to communicate with the Airport, should the activity fall within at least 6km of the Airport.

If the activity or development requires the use of lifting equipment, mobile or tower cranes, they should be operated in accordance with British Standard 7121 and CAA Publication – CAP 1096. The Airport should also be notified of plans to erect these cranes at least 21 days in advance. The notification to the Airport should include the following information to allow us to perform our Airport Safeguarding checks:

  • OSGB grid coordinates of the crane’s proposed position to 6 figures each of Eastings and Northings
  • The proposed height of the crane Above Ordnance Datum (AOD)
  • The anticipated duration of the cranes existence (including proposed dates)
  • Contact telephone numbers of the crane operator and the site owner for use in an emergency

On this or any other Airport Safeguarding issue such as operation of a Crane or Tall Construction Equipment within 6km of the aerodrome;
DO NOT proceed until permission has been granted by Email.
(We do not operate a telephone number for Safeguarding applications. Postal applications can be addressed to ‘Airport Safeguarding – Norwich Airport’ or emailed directly to [email protected])


The drone flight restriction zone around airports has changed. The government has introduced a new rule stating that the 1km restriction from the airfield boundary is replaced by a restriction using the airfield’s existing aerodrome traffic zone, which has a radius of two and a half nautical miles and then five kilometres by one kilometre zones starting from the point known as the ‘threshold’ at the end of each of the airfield’s runways. Both zones extend upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield. For more information click here.

It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within these restricted zones unless you have permission from air traffic control at the airport.

If you intend to operate a drone in the vicinity of Norwich Airport, please input the postcode or location of intended operation in to this map.

The Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) is highlighted in blue.  The location you input will show as a red dot.  If the red dot is inside the FRZ then it is an offence to fly a drone without the permission of Norwich Airport.

Request to Operate a Drone within Norwich Airport FRZ

It is an offence to fly a drone inside the Flight Restricted Zone without permission

    Is the flight within the Flight Restricted Zone?: (See map for FRZ area)
    Note: If flight above 400 feet is required, then prior permission must also be obtained from the CAA; please include a copy of the CAA approval when submitting this form.

    *Do not operate your drone within the Flight Restricted Zone until you have permission*

    Further links and guidance on development and activities at height in the vicinity of the Airport is available from the following CAA web pages: