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

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles.
  • Keep the UAS within the visual line of sight or use a visual observer who is co-located (physically next to) and in direct communication with you.
  • Give way to 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. Note: The Operations Over People rule became effective on April 21, 2021. UAS pilots operating under Part 107 may fly at night, over people and moving vehicles without a waiver as long as they meet the requirements defined in the rule. Airspace authorizations are still required for night operations in controlled airspace under 400 feet.
  • 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 a UAS 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 UAS (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 UAS operators to receive special authorization under the special authority for certain unmanned systems 49 U.S.C 44807 or under the small UAS rule 15 CFR part 107. The FAA defines commercial UAS 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 UAS for commercial purposes within a City of Altamonte Springs park also requires a permit. Commercial UAS 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.

The Altamonte Springs Police Department will enforce the use of drones pursuant to Florida State Statute 329.10(1) and Florida State Statute 860.13(1)(B).

Research Drones

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