Using commercial drones in real estate and construction

The popularity of drones for recreational use has grown rapidly in recent years.
Categories: Business Insurance
Dec 11th, 2017 | By: Calvin Reich

The popularity of drones for recreational use has grown rapidly in recent years. Today, it's commonplace to see drones flying around your local parks and neighbourhoods. Drone technology is also being adopted for commercial use to monitor land and properties in industries such as agriculture, oil and gas and construction and real estate.

Regulators are now trying to keep pace with this phenomenon. In January, Transport Canada announced that they would be introducing new regulations for drone use sometime in 2016. If you are currently using drones or considering it for tracking your construction projects, monitoring your properties, or gathering footage for marketing content, here are a few things you should know:

•Unless certain conditions apply, in order to operate a commercial drone, you will require a Special Flight Operations Certificate from the Minister of Transport. This certificate will include the terms you must abide by and the specific purpose and areas you are permitted to operate it within.

•You will likely need to secure separate liability coverage for your commercial drone usage. At minimum, even if you are exempt from permit requirements, you will require $100,000 in liability insurance.

•Before flying a drone over your property or construction site, keep in mind the adjacent areas. If you are close to an airport or high traffic areas, it may not be wise to fly a drone.

•It is important to be informed on all applicable laws. For example, you could run the risk of violating the Private Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) if your drone is collecting sensitive information or footage without express consent.


We will provide further updates once Transport Canada releases its new regulations on commercial drones. In the meantime, please contact a CapriCMW Risk Advisor for additional information and resources.


Source: "Five Things to Know Before Flying a Drone Over Real Estate or Construction Sites" by Gregory A. Liakopoulos and Micaela Zila at Bennett Jones LLP.

Recent Blog Posts

Personal Insurance / Real Estate, rental housing, affordable housing
BC Government Introduces Rental Protection Fund

The BC government has introduced a new $500 million fund to support non-profit housing organizations…

Jan 13th, 2023 | By: CapriCMW
Employee Benefits / group benefits, long term disability, employment insurance, short term disability
Impact of Recent EI Changes on Employers and Employees

As of December 18, 2022, the federal government has extended the length of time that individuals can…

Jan 6th, 2023 | By: CapriCMW
Personal Insurance / travel insurance
Five Tips to Keep You Safe During Your Holiday Travels

If you're going to be away this holiday season, there are some important steps for you to take…

Dec 16th, 2022 | By: CapriCMW
Search the Blog

Confidence and Freedom

At CapriCMW, we provide personalized insurance and custom risk solutions to give you the confidence and freedom to focus on what matters to you. Talk to an Advisor or get a quote today.

Get a Quote    Or call 1-800-670-1877

Can’t find what you are looking for? Ask us!