Before you go out and fly your drone in Florida, it’s best to be aware of the drone laws that apply to your area.
First and foremost, if you’re flying your drone in the United States, you’ll need to understand the do’s and don’ts of the Federal Drone Laws in the US. On top of that, there are many legislatures that apply to the specific state or local area.
In this article we list out the major Florida state and local laws regarding drones and summarize them in an easy to understand format.
Note: We try our best to update this list, but in case we forgot anything, please let us know in the comments!
United States Federal Drone Laws
While you don’t need a license to fly a drone in America, every drone flown in the United States must follow the federal drone laws set by the federal government.
There are separate laws for recreational and commercial flights, but commercial flights require the part 107 license and can gain exceptions to some regulations.
Here’s a quick summary of the United States Federal Drone Laws for hobbyist drone flights:
- Register your drone if it weighs more than 0.55lb (250g)
- Can’t fly over 400ft (120m) (Class G airspace)
- Always maintain light of sight
- Can’t fly near airports
- Not allowed to fly near manned aircraft
- Not allowed to fly in restricted areas
Florida Statutes 330.41 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act
You cannot fly near critical infrastructure or fly close enough to cause a disturbance to the facility. Exemptions are for persons acting under the direction of a government or drones operating in transit for commercial purposes
Florida Statutes 330.411 – Prohibited Possession or Operation of Unmanned Aircraft
First responders and emergency service providers are not responsible for damages on drones that interfere with the situation.
Florida Statues 934.50 – Searches and seizure using a drone
A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather evidence or other information. A person, a state agency, or a political subdivision cannot use drones to record private property without express consent of the owner.
Use of Drones in Florida State Parks
Drones can usually be used in state parks unless there are any local laws or superintendent orders against them.
Local Drone Laws in Florida
Municipal Ordinance 2017
The law under this ordinance restricts drone flights beyond the drone pilot’s visual line of sight. It also restricts you to fly the drone on private property without permission.
Municipal Ordinance 2016
Drone operators are required to obtain an identification number and operating permit from the City authorities if they want to fly a drone on the premises of Hermosa Beach. You are also not allowed to breach the privacy of any individual.
Park Code Sec. 3.09, 1981
You are not allowed to fly drones on the premises of city parks unless you have the permission of the Recreation and Park Department.
Regulations Sec. 11.01.01, 2018
You are not allowed to fly your drone over the property which is under the control of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. You can’t fly a drone here without permission. Search, rescue, fire protection, and law enforcement operations are exempted from this regulation.
Port St. Lucie
Regulations Sec. 409.4, 2014
You are not allowed to fly the drone over the property which is managed by the Mid Peninsula Regional Open Space District. However, by taking permission, you can fly your drone in specific areas. You must note that permits are only given to commercials at present.
Municipal Ordinance 2005
This law provides that you are not allowed to fly your drones with or without a remote controller in city parks.
It provides community-based guidelines for hobbyists. Hobbyists may only fly drones during daylight hours. It is also prohibited to fly a drone higher than 400 feet.
A filming permit is necessary to fly the drone for commercial purposes inside the city.
Where Can I Fly My Drone in Florida?
With so many federal, state, and local drone laws, it’s hard to tell where you can actually fly your drone.
You can download an app that gives you a map of where you can fly your drone and where it’s restricted. There are many different apps, but here are some of the ones we recommend using:
- UAV Forecast
Keep in mind that even if it’s clear to fly your drone on the app, there may be local laws or signs saying that drones are prohibited, so always fly with caution.
These were the state and local drone laws for Florida. Make sure that you’re also familiar with federal drone laws before you fly your drone in Florida.
This list isn’t an exhaustive list of drone laws in Florida, so feel free to let us know if we forgot anything.