Drones are prohibited in New York City and have been for as long as anyone can recall. However, that is about to alter. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) will hold a public meeting on July 7th at 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan to explore reducing the current limits and to explain the new guidelines. It’s been wonderful to see the rules becoming more flexible in NYC!
NYPD DRONE PERMITTING RULES FOR NYC
The following is a list of things the NYPD suggests using drones for throughout the city:
- Operators will be able to receive a permit to fly after a 30-day application process under a permit system for commercial operations. Each application will be subject to a $150 fee.
- $250 to $1,000 in fines for illegal flights or transgressing the restrictions during legal flights.
- an obligation to notify each community board for the district or districts where it is believed that an unmanned aircraft may take or transmit still photos, sounds, or videos.
Here are a few quotes from the plan that demonstrate the types of data the NYPD suggests being gathered from drone pilots applying for a permit to operate in New York City:
- a description of the unmanned aircraft’s planned function or mission;
- the proposed time, date, and location for the unmanned aircraft’s takeoff and touchdown;
- Information on the unmanned aircraft, such as the manufacturer or model number; details on the precise geographic area where the flight of the unmanned aircraft will be done; and
- information about the applicant’s data privacy and cybersecurity practices, such as copies of the applicant’s data privacy and cybersecurity policies;
THE PROCESS OF THE RULES ABOUT DRONE USE IN NYC
Aerial cinematography business Xizmo Media, based in Brooklyn, filed a brazen lawsuit against the city of New York two years ago, claiming that the FAA’s control over the nation’s airspace had precedence over state or local legislation.
Just last week, Xizmo Media and the city came to an agreement that grants them sole authority to conduct business inside the city limits until NYC publishes its general laws. At the moment, they are essentially the only media production firm permitted to use drones in New York City.
More to report following the NYPD’s public hearing on July 7th.