Drones

The City of Altamonte Springs requires compliance with the FAA guidelines for recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Do not fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Do not fly near people or stadiums
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Do not fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs.
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, etc.
  • Do not be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft (you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft)
  • Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission. 

Commercial Drones

The FAA requires commercial drone operators to receive special authorization; either a Section 333 Exemption or a Special Airworthiness Certificate. The FAA defines commercial drone use as, among other things: filming for hire; selling aerial photography or videography; inspections for hire; surveying for hire; or flying to further a business purpose. 

Operating a drone for commercial purposes within a City of Altamonte Springs park also requires a permit. Commercial drone users must submit a copy of their FAA authorization to Events Management. Depending on the proposed use, the City may require a Special Event permit, Right of Entry permit, or other approval. Further, commercial photography or filming within Altamonte Springs also requires a permit from the Metro Orlando Film Commission.

Research Drones

Drones may prove a valuable tool for scientific research and surveys. Operation of a drone for research purposes requires approval from the FAA. Before operating a drone for research purposes within a city park, please submit a copy of your FAA authorization to Events Management.