British councils are using drones to fly over houses applying for planning permission and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this happening soon in New Zealand.
Drones are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Their origins can be traced to the military in the 1960s but today smaller versions are used for all sorts of purposes by companies and individuals.
We’ve heard rumours that the Auckland Council uses Google Earth to identify unconsented buildings, so drones are a logical step. Is this a breach of privacy?
The legal tangles around drones are still being worked out, but if you see a drone flying over your building site it’s probably best to make sure your council consents are in place, just in case!