Application for Flying Drone
Taroko National Park Headquarters
Permit Application for the Use of and Filming/Photography from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles within the Park Premises
(Date last updated: 11/15/2018)
As per Section 8 of Article 13 in the Regulations of the National Parks of Taiwan that describe the prohibited activities within Taroko National Park, Point 6 states that flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) within the areas designated by Taroko National Park are allowed subject to successfully obtaining a permit. Operation of unmanned aerial vehicles is prohibited outside these areas within Taroko National Park.
Any legal person or persons (i.e. individuals, groups, organizations, government agencies, hereafter referred to as the applicant or applicants) who intend to shoot photography and/or film using an UAV within the Taroko National Park (hereafter referred to as “the Park”) domain must submit a permit application to the Park Headquarters 3 months to 7 days before the date of operation.
The application referred to in Provision 2 includes the following: the applicant’s personal details, Name of operators (up to 6 operators per application), Type of Drone, Area of Operation, Film Title & Content, and Operating Duration. The maximum period of operation granted for a single application is for 2 months; please consider factoring in weather factors and other extenuating circumstances when providing the intended operation period. Please attach relevant supporting documents should the applicant require an extension to their operation period or if a period of you require longer than 2 months of operation.
Applicants flying UAVs must comply with the Civil Aviation Law of Taiwan (Republic of China) and all other relevant laws and regulations. Please pay attention to the UAV’s location, altitude, velocity, and speed of winds. Take special care when flying in areas where wind patterns GPS signals, and communication are unstable. Please respect the Park’s ecology and the safety of tourists, and do not engage in any racing or reckless behavior. Please do not operate UAVs on narrow sections of trail or road (e.g. on suspension bridges and between 2.5 km and 3.1 km of Zhuilu Old Road). The UAV operator is responsible for any injuries and any damage to property (whether personal or that owned by the Park) caused by the operation of the UAV.
If the application is successful, please have on hand the approved permit and all relevant documents (including those of other relevant authorities) during the period of filming for on-site inspection by Park staff.
After all operations (photography, filming or otherwise) have been completed, please restore the operation site(s) to their original state and remove any rubbish from the Park.
In order to maintain the ecological integrity of the Park, applicants are requested to be familiar with and abide by the National Park Law and the Regulations (prohibited activities) enforced within the Park domain. If the applicant wishes to enter the Ecological Protection Area or any other restricted areas of the Park, you will need to apply for a Park Entry Permit with the Park Headquarters. If the area of operation overlaps with any Restricted Mountain Areas, the applicant will need to apply for a Mountain Entry Permit with the National Police Agency. All Park Entry and Mountain Entry Permits must be successfully processed before entering the aforementioned areas.
All roads, scenic spots, and trails within the Park domain may be closed due to extreme weather (e.g. typhoons, landslides) or other temporary control work. Please check the status of all roads and trails provided on our homepage before entering the Park. If the operation location is closed for any reason during the approved operation period, the closure announcement always takes precedence over permissions approved in the permit during the conflicting period. If the approved operation location is subject to additional regulation, please comply with the controls put in place and cooperate with on-site personnel. The additional regulations always take precedence over the permissions approved in the permit during the conflicting period.
If the location of operation reaches or falls outside the Park jurisdiction, please contact the relevant authorities. Similarly, please contact the corresponding authorities if the location of operation involves other government agencies, residential areas, or business operators within the Park jurisdiction, and comply with any additional imposed regulations.
If any of the above provisions are violated, the applicant will be unable to apply for a permit to use a UAV for a period of 2 years, and the violations will be investigated and dealt with according to the law. If facilities, the environmental landscape, or natural resources are damaged, the applicant shall be liable for compensation.
In cases where the operation period is unpredictable or immediate, as sometimes required by news media, Provision 2 may be waived and the issue shall be handled by registration. Provision 2 holds for all other circumstances.
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