Florida Drone Laws

These laws are in addition to FAA Laws and Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Rules

This is for information purposes only please consult all federal and local laws before flying. Below is a list of Florida drone laws to follow while flying in Florida State


330.41 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act


(a) A person may not knowingly or willfully:
1. Operate a drone over a critical infrastructure facility;
2. Allow a drone to make contact with a critical infrastructure facility, including any person or object on the premises of or within the facility; or
3. Allow a drone to come within a distance of a critical infrastructure facility that is close enough to interfere with the operations of or cause a disturbance to the facility.

There are no laws against flying in Florida state parks but always check signage before taking off.

(1) Unless otherwise exempt under this section, UAS are prohibited from being deployed, launched or flown in any airspace within or over any sporting and/or large venue special event, including but not limited to, over and within a half-mile radius of Bayfront Park, Marlins Ballpark, Miami Marine Stadium, or the Calle Ocho Festival when it is in use during a large venue special event, and over public parks and public facilities during large venue special events.

(2) In all other areas of the city, the following restrictions shall apply:

a. UAS may not be larger than five pounds including any attachments, and may not be equipped with detachable cargo, releasable payload, or any device equipped to carry a weapon. Any modifications to a UAS must be pursuant to FAA approval and registered via the city’s application process.

b. UAS over five pounds may be operated only by a registered member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), if the operator is subjected to and compliant with AMA rules. Notwithstanding the weight limit, all other provisions of this section shall apply.

c. Conditions in subsections (2)a. and b. above shall be included as conditions in the application process.

(a) No person operating, directing, or responsible for any airplane, helicopter, glider, balloon, dirigible, parachute or other aerial apparatus (excluding kites) will take off from or land in or on any park land or waterway, except when human life is endangered or written permission has been obtained from the Department Director. Take off from and landing in any natural resource area, and the environmentally sensitive Deering Estate at Cutler is specifically prohibited except when human life is endangered.
(b) No person operating any aircraft shall do any stunt flying over or fly lower than one thousand (1,000) feet above the highest obstruction located in any park or recreation areas that are considered to be populated areas requiring compliance with Federal Aviation (FAA) Administration regulations regarding same.

No person shall take off, launch, land, ascend, or descend any aircraft, glider, balloon, model airplane, or parachute in or upon any department managed land without contractual authority or an approved facility rental application from the department.


(g) Powered model vehicles or model airplanes. Operating or permitting the operation of powered model vehicles:

1. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. on weekends or holidays in or within one hundred (100) feet of any residential area or noise-sensitive zone.

2. In such a manner as to exceed the levels set for public space land use, measured at a distance of not closer than one hundred (100) feet (30 meters) from any point on the path of a vehicle operating on a public space of public right-of-way.

No person may operate a drone, whether or not it has the capability of capturing or transmitting audio, video, or still images within or over the City of Key West, unless the drone operator possesses either a certificate of authorization, a letter of exemption lawfully issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, or unless the operator is using a drone strictly for recreational purposes pursuant to the Federal Aviation Administration Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft cited as 14 CFR Part 91 and attached as Exhibit A.


(10) Restricted activities. Use of the airport for any of the following activities is restricted and requires a comprehensive review by the FAA Flight Standards Office, ATCT, and the city to determine if such activities may be conducted safely to, from and at the airport, and further requires prior written permission by the airport manager:

(d) Operating unmanned aerial vehicles to, from, or at the airport.

(e) Operating model airplanes to, from, or at the airport.

(b) Operation of drone/model aircraft within the town.

Drones and model aircraft operated within the town shall be operated and registered in accordance with all rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the State of Florida relating to said operation and registration.


(q) Aircraft. No person operating, directing, or responsible for any airplane, helicopter, drone, glider, hang glider, hot air balloon, dirigible, parachute or other aerial apparatus, including those radio controlled or otherwise unmanned, shall take off from or land in or on any county-owned or managed land, except for purposes of public safety or where written permission has been obtained from the administrator or designee.


7. Powered model vehicles. The operating of or permitting the operation of powered vehicles:

(i) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays, or

(ii) In such manner as to exceed the levels set for public space land use, measured at a distance of not closer than 30 meters (100 feet) from the operator.

Please check local city regulations before flying. If flying in city parks check the welcome sign to see if there are any additional restrictions.