Laws about consumer drone flight vary around the world. We’ve summarized some here. Common to most are altitude restrictions (how high you can fly), keeping your drone within your direct unaided line of sight at all times, and not flying near airports or over / near people. For tips on flying your Lily Next-Gen safely wherever you may be, see: Before You Fly: What You Need to Know.

Drone use regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Federal law requires that drones flown by hobbyists outdoors weighing more than .55 lbs. (8.8 oz., or .25 kg.) be registered with the FAA and marked with a registration number. Whoever operates a drone must have the FAA registration certificate in their possession. To register, visit: https://faadronezone.faa.gov/.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flights must be at or below 400 feet (122 meters) above ground level. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Flight is permitted during both day and night. Never fly near emergencies such as fires, police activity, or disaster recovery efforts. Never fly over groups of people, including outdoors at public and private events. You must give notice for flights closer than 5 mi. (8 km.) to an airport to both the airport operator and the air traffic control tower, if the airport has a tower.

Consumer drone flight is prohibited in national parks and in designated marine sanctuaries. Look into local laws, too; some U.S. states and cities regulate drone use within their jurisdictions.

Source: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/model_aircraft/

 


 

By law, the Federal Aviation Administration has sole jurisdiction over the airspace, preempting the authority of municipal, county and state authorities to regulate flight. Nonetheless, some local authorities have promulgated drone flight laws or regulations, some of which are noted here.

 



California

State Park regulations prohibit the use of drones within wilderness areas, cultural preserves, and natural preserves. Each state park may have its own additional restrictions.

Florida

Florida prohibits drone flight over some public infrastructure, including energy installations and wireless communications facilities.

Georgia

The city of Augusta prohibits drone flight in highly populated areas.

Illinois

The City of Chicago prohibits drone flight at night and over schools, hospitals, police stations, prisons, and religious institutions. Do not fly closer than 25 feet from any Chicago public way and 500 feet from energy and water facilities, 100 feet from electric transmission facilities, and 25 feet from any distribution facility for electricity, steam or data.

Michigan

Michigan prohibits drone flight that interferes with or disrupts, or is used as an aid in, hunting or fishing where permitted.

New York

New York City prohibits drone flight anywhere but the City’s Model Aircraft Fields, which can be found here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/modelaircraftfields.

New York State Park regulations require a permit for the use of model aircraft.

Ohio

The City of Cleveland prohibits drone flight in city parks anywhere but in designated areas, which can be found here: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/about/cleveland-metroparks-organization/policies-procedures/drone-policy.

Pennsylvania

The City of Pittsburgh prohibits drone flight in city parks and playgrounds.

The Bureau of State Parks prohibits drone flight in parks except in designated flying sites, which can be found here: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/RulesAndRegulations/UnmannedAerialSystemsandDrones/Pages/default.aspx.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners prohibits operating a drone over lands or waters designated as state game land.

Texas

Texas prohibits drone flight over some public infrastructure, including: dams, energy installations, prisons, telecommunications offices, and transportation facilities (such as ports and trucking facilities).

Washington

The cities of Seattle and Bellevue prohibit drone flight in city parks.

Washington State Parks allows drone flight with a permit.

Drone use regulated by Aviación Civil Argentina (ANAC). The pilot must be 18 years of age or older or under the supervision of an adult. Drones must be registered with the ANAC, see http://www.anac.gov.ar/anac/web/index.php/1/1248/vehiculos-aereos-no-tripulados-vant/pasos-para-la-registracion, or write for more info: ayudavant@anac.gob.ar

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flights must be at or below 122 meters (400 feet) above ground level and only in airspace approved for recreational drone flight. Otherwise you must fly no higher than 10 meters (33 feet) above ground level, You must stay at least 30 meters (100 feet) away from all buildings. You must stay away from people and other aircraft and must stay at least 5 km. (3.1 miles), away from any airport and any controlled airspace. Stay at least 500 meters (1,640 feet) from any helipad and 1 km. (.6 mil.) from a helicopter flight corridor. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Never fly over groups of people or in densely populated areas, and stay at least 1 km (.6 mi.) away from any settlement (e.g., village town, city). Night flight and flight in adverse weather prohibited, as is flight over or near government offices and military facilities.

Source: http://www.anac.gov.ar

Infographic and FAQ: http://www.anac.gov.ar/anac/web/index.php/1/1266/vant/preguntas-frecuentes

Drone use regulated by the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). The pilot must be 18 years of age of older. Pilots must have proof of insurance covering damage to third parties with them at all times. Drones must be registered with the ANAC and marked with their registration number.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flights must be at or below 122 meters (400 feet) above ground level.

Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Do not fly closer than 3 miles to an airport; flight between 5 km. (3 mi.) and 8 km. (5 mi.) from the airport must be at or below 30 meters (100 feet) above ground level. Do not fly over people and no closer to 30 meters (100 feet) away from them. You must stay at least 30 meters (100 feet) away from all buildings. Never fly over groups of people or over government infrastructure such as military facilities and prisons.

Sources: http://www.anac.gov.br/assuntos/paginas-tematicas/drones

Drone use regulated by Transport Canada. Flight permitted during the day only, within your sight at all times. Drone must be marked your name, address and telephone number. Restrictions include: below 90 meters, no farther than 500 m. away, 30 to 76 m. from vehicles, vessels and people depending on drone weight, at least 5.6 km away from airports, at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area.

Do not fly where its use could interfere with police or first responders, or in populated areas, national parks and over border crossings.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan:
No flight in public places such as a civic park or recreation facility except as permitted.

Calgary, Alberta:
No flight in parks and streets.

Hamilton, Ontario
No flight over Hamilton Conservation Authority lands without permission.

Ottawa, Ontario
No flight within 75 m. of buildings, 9 km. of airports.

British Columbia
No drone use in hunting.

Drone use regulated by the Direction de la Sécurité de l’aviation civile. Pilots must have proof of insurance covering damage to third parties with them at all times.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flights must be below 150 meters (492 feet) above ground level and no higher than 50 meters (164 feet) above any object 100 meters (328 feet) or more in height. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. You may not publish images which might identify people or license plates without their permission.

Source: http://dronerules.eu/assets/covers/Safety-Manual_FRANCE_RECRE_FRENCH.pdf

Video tips in French: https://youtu.be/t2F1rNtfk08

Drone use regulated by the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt. A label must be affixed to drones with a take-off mass of more than 0.25 kg (.55 lbs.). The label must include the owner’s name and address, the information on it be permanent and fireproof, and the label affixed securely to the drone. Pilots must have proof of insurance covering damage to third parties with them at all times. Pilots flying more than 100 meters (328 feet) above ground level must have with them a certificate that they have passed a knowledge test.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flight permitted during the day only unless authorized, and within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Flight is prohibited over nature conservancies and without permission over residential land. In controlled airspace, the maximum altitude allowed is 50 meters (164 feet). You must stay a minimum prescribed distance away from certain areas, including: crowds, first responders, industrial and power plants, hospitals, highways, military bases and troops on maneuvers, police stations, prisons, railways, and waterways.

Source: https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Anlage/LF/drohnen-faq.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

Drone use regulated by the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAAI). Drone use requires a permit from the CAAI and another from the Ministry of Communication. See: http://caa.gov.il/index.php?option=com_docman&view=download&alias=6682-what-is-the-process-to-bring-your-drone-to-israel-1&category_slug=2015-10-13-06-38-50-7&Itemid=669&lang=he

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flights must be at or below 50 meters (165 feet) above ground level at all times. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Do not fly near other aircraft, and do not fly closer than 2 km (1.2 mil) from any airport or airfield. Stay at least 250 meters (820 ft.) away from people and buildings.

Source : http://caa.gov.il/index.php?option=com_docman&view=download&alias=6681-what-is-the-law-of-drone-flying-in-israel-1&category_slug=2015-10-13-06-38-50-7&Itemid=669&lang=he

Drone use regulated by the Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile. A label identifying the drone and the operator must be affixed to the drone and the remote controller. Pilots must have insurance covering damage to third parties.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: No flight over 70 meters (230 feet) above ground level. Flights must be within a radius no more than 200 meters (650 feet) horizontally from the pilot. You must fly only over unpopulated areas, and stay at least 5 km. (3.1 mi.) away from airports and controlled airspace, and 50 meters (165 feet) from people, buildings, and roads. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Flight restricted to daylight hours. You must not fly in national parks and nature reserves or over sensitive infrastructure such as railways, roads, or industrial plants without prior permission. You must not fly over beaches in summer. Any images you capture cannot be sold or used in professional work.

Source: https://www.enac.gov.it/repository/ContentManagement/information/N1068541283/Regulation_RPAS_Issue_2_Rev_3_eng.pdf

Drone use regulated by the Civil Aviation Bureau. You are required to submit an application in Japanese to the Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism at least 10 days beforehand (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) for permission to fly.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: No flight over 150 meters (492 feet) above ground level or over densely inhabited districts. Flight is prohibited over people, in or near airport control zones, and at night. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. You must stay 30 meters (98 feet) away from people and property on the ground or on the surface of water.

Source: http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/koku/uas.html

Map of densely inhabited districts: http://www.mlit.go.jp/common/001206603.pdf

Drone use regulated by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil. Drone owners must register and the drone must be marked with your drone registration number, the drone’s serial number, model and manufacturer’s name. You must have proof of insurance covering damage to third parties with you at all times. For photography you must have permission from the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flight permitted during the day only, within your direct unaided line of sight at all times and a minimum visibility of 5 km (3.1 miles). Stay below 122 meters (400 feet), do not fly over people or where there are groups of 12 or more. Fly no closer than 30 meters from people, and at least 9.2 km (5.7 miles) away from any aerodrome (airport or helipad). Do not exceed a speed of 21 km/hr. (13 mph) for drones weighing 2 kg. (4.4 lbs.) or more. Do not operate from a moving vehicle, or fly more than one drone at a time.

Source: http://www.sct.gob.mx/fileadmin/DireccionesGrales/DGAC-archivo/modulo3/co-av-23-10-r4.pdf

Drone use regulated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: No flight over 120 meters (394 feet) above ground level. You must stay at least 3 km. (1.9 mi.) away from airports and controlled airspace, and 50 meters 165 feet) from people, vehicles, and infrastructure. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Flight over people and buildings prohibited. Flight restricted to daylight hours. You must land immediately if any other aircraft approach, including gliders. You must not broadcast images of people without their consent.

Source: https://www.government.nl/topics/drone/rules-pertaining-to-recreational-use-of-drones

No-fly zone map: https://kadata.kadaster.nl/dronekaart/

Drone use regulated by the Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil. Pilots must have insurance covering damage to third parties.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: No flight over 120 meters (394 feet) above ground level. You must stay at least 2.5 km. (1.6 mi.) away from airports and controlled airspace, 1 km. (.62 mi.) from helipads and in areas where other aircraft operate, and 30 meters (198 feet) from people. Flight in densely populated areas prohibited. Flight restricted to daylight hours. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Flight prohibited over embassies, first responders, government buildings and military facilities, national parks without permission, nature reserves, prisons, public-safety and security agencies, and schools.

Source: https://www.voanaboa.pt/voa-na-boa and https://www.voanaboa.pt/Files/downloads/Regulamento-1093-2016-Drones.pdf

Drone use regulated by the Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea. Publication of images of people requires their permission.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Flights must be below 120 meters (394 feet) above ground level. Your drone must be within your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Flight is permitted during both day and night, but night flights require that the drone weigh 2 kg. (4.4 pounds) or less and the altitude be no higher than 50 meters (164 feet) above ground level. You must maintain a distance of at least 8 km (5 miles) from airports. You must not fly not in controlled airspace, or near ultralight aircraft, sailplanes, hot air balloons, and skydiving. You must stay at least 50 meters (164 feet) from other people and 150 meters (492 feet) away from buildings. Flights are prohibited in clouds, rain and in windy conditions, as well as above people, buildings, in national parks and in no-fly zones without permission.

Source: https://www.seguridadaerea.gob.es/lang_castellano/cias_empresas/trabajos/rpas/uso_recreativo/default.aspx.

Video tips in Spanish: https://www.seguridadaerea.gob.es/lang_castellano/cias_empresas/trabajos/rpas/uso_recreativo/video_recomend-sub.aspx

Video tips in English: https://www.seguridadaerea.gob.es/lang_castellano/cias_empresas/trabajos/rpas/uso_recreativo/video-recom-eng-sub.aspx

Drone use regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority. Effective 30 November 2019, drone owners must register and take an online safety test.

Consumer drone flight restrictions include: Keep the drone in your direct unaided line of sight at all times. Stay below 122 meters (400 feet), and fly no closer than 50 metres from people and private property, and no closer than 150 metres from congested areas and assemblies to groups of more than 1,000 people.

Do not fly within the boundary of an aerodrome (airport or helipad) or the area between the boundary of the aerodrome and a line that is 1 km from the boundary, without government permission.

Source: https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft/Recreational-drones/Recreational-drone-flights/

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