Singapore Regulates Drone Use On 1 June 2015, the Unmanned Aircraft (Public Safety and Security) Act 2015 came into force to regulate the use and operation of unmanned aircraft (commonly known as “drones”) in Singapore. Under this new law, drone operators will have to apply for permits to fly drones into and within gazetted protected areas or certain restricted areas designated by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, or to take aerial photographs of such areas. Permits will also be required to operate drones for certain commercial purposes such as photographing outdoor events, or for providing certain specialised services such as aerial advertising and surveying. Additionally, a permit will be required to fly a drone that has a total weight of more than 7 kg or to discharge any substances from a drone. The carrying of hazardous materials, including weapons or biochemical materials, on drones will also be prohibited. For more information, please contact Ken Chia, Yi Lin Seng or Quan Nguyen.