Drone Laws
in Florida (2023)

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Florida State Drone Laws
These laws apply in the entire state.

Senate  Bill 766

A person, state agency, or political subdivision may not use a drone to capture an image of privately owned real property or of the owner, tenant, occupant, or invitee with the intent to conduct surveillance without written consent if a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.

Ref Senate Bill 766


Florida Administrative Code 5I-4.003

It is prohibited to launch or land any aircraft on state-managed lands (including parks and forests) except at runways or helispots and with authorization from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Such authorizations are granted only if the operations do not interfere with forest management. Emergency situations and official business are exempted from these restrictions.

Ref Admin. Code 5I-4.003


Florida Administrative Code 40C-9.320

It is prohibited to launch or land any aircraft on District Lands managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District unless authorized by a Special Use Authorization.

Ref Admin Code 40C-9.320


Florida Statutes 330.41

  • Local governments are not allowed to create restrictions on the operations of unmanned aircraft systems except in relation to voyeurism, harassment, nuisances, reckless endangerment, property damage, or other illegal acts.
  • It is prohibited to operate drones over a critical infrastructure, to make contact with the facility (including any object or person within the premises), or to come within a distance that is close enough to interfere with the operations of the facility

Ref Florida Statutes 330.41

Critical Facilities

Critical facilities include—but are not limited to—power plants, hospitals, military installations, water
treatment plants, oil and gas facilities, and courthouses, etc.

Florida State Pre-emptions

Florida State Legislature maintains pre-emption for all rules and regulations that concern recreational and
commercial drone use.



Florida Statutes 934.50

  • A law enforcement agency may not use drones to gather evidence or information, or to record an image of privately owned real property except if a search warrant has been granted authorizing the use of the drone, to counter a high risk of a terrorist attack, if swift action is needed to prevent imminent danger to life or property damage, or to provide law enforcement with an aerial perspective of a crowd of 50 people or more.
  • Other allowed uses of drone include the assessment of damage due to natural disasters, vegetation or wildlife management, to capture images of electric, water, or natural gas utility facilities, for aerial mapping, to deliver cargo, or for property appraisal.
  • By January 2023, all government agencies must discontinue the use of drones not produced by an approved manufacturer. This shall be consistent with any federal guidance on drone security and minimum security requirements for governmental agency drone use. The list of approved manufacturers is available at the Department of Management Services website.

Ref Florida Statutes 934.50

Ref List of approved drone manufacturers


House Bill 659

Exempts the use of drones by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or the Florida Forest Service from laws prohibiting drone use by government employees for the purposes of managing or eradicating invasive plants or animals on public lands, as well as suppressing wildfire threats.

Ref House Bill 659

City and County
Drone Laws
These laws apply in some areas.

Local drone laws in Florida refer to policies and regulations that are enacted and enforced at the county, city, or town levels.


Lake County

Motorized devices, including drones, are prohibited on public lands or lands operated and maintained by Lake County except if authorized by a Special Use Permit

Ref Code of Ordinances Section 16-65


Pinellas County

Launching or landing a drone is prohibited within county-owned or managed land except for purposes of public safety or if permission has been granted by the administrator

Code of Ordinances Section 90-7


City of Miami

  • The use of UAS is prohibited in airspace within a half-mile radius of sporting and/or large venue special events. Examples include public parks and facilities, Bayfront Park, Marlins Ballpark, Miami Marine Stadium, and the Calle Ocho Festival.
  • In any other part of the city, drones may not be larger than five pounds (including any attachments). They shall not have any detachable cargo or releasable payload.
  • The use of drones over five pounds can be done only by a registered member of the AMA and is subject to all AMA rules.
  • An application is required for certain drone activities that will be processed and approved by the appropriate city officials.

Ref Charter and Code, Section 37-12


City of Orlando

  • It is prohibited to launch, land, or operate a drone within 500 feet of any venue, outdoor public assembly, or event with more than 100 people; within 500 feet of a park except with the permission of the Director of Families, Parks, and Recreation; within 500 feet of any pre-school, elementary, middle, or high school; within 500 feet of any enclosed building owned or operated by the City .
  • The list of venues referred to in this law include the Amway Center, Camping World Stadium, Harry P. Leu Gardens, Mennello Museum of American Art, Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts, and any other building or structure officially designated by the Executive Director of Orlando Venues or the City Council

Ref Ordinance No. 2016-87


Town of DeFuniak Springs

  • It is unlawful to operate a drone between zero to 500 feet over private property without the permission of the property owner – The use of a drone over public property within City limits is unlawful unless authorized by a Special Use Permit from the City Council.
  • Commercial drone users must be registered with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department (DFSP) and provide a list of all types and numbers of UAVs to be used within the City Limits. A notification shall be sent to the DFSP and the Assistant City Manager (DFS-ACM) four hours prior to any commercial drone use including all pertinent information about the operations.

Ref Ordinance No. 866


Town of Bonita Springs

  • No person shall launch or land an aerial device within or upon any park, preserve, or littoral waters except for medical evacuation helicopters, law enforcement, or official government aviation equipment.
  • Photography using a drone during an event can be allowed with a special event permit. Any commercial drone use must obtain the consent of the parks and recreation director through a written concessionaire agreement for operation on any city lands.
  • Recreational drone use is allowed only in Community Park unless there is a concessionaire agreement. Drones must not fly within 25 feet of people, power lines, buildings, or light fixtures.

Ref Code of Ordinances Section 28-41


Canaveral Port Authority

  • No person may operate or aid in the operation of any vehicle or aircraft on any CPA property unless authorization has been granted by the CPA Public Safety and Security.
  • Drone photography is prohibited within 24 hours of any scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center

Ref Tariff No. 16, Section 200, Rule 265


Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

All of the islands of the Florida Keys are part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). The FAA’s recommended best operating practice is to fly at least 2000 feet above the ground over all NMS, wildlife refuges, and other noise-sensitive environments. This is effectively far beyond the allowed altitude for drone flight.

Ref Marine Sanctuary Overflight Rules

Ref Boundary Map of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary


University of Tampa

All drone operations (both commercial and recreational) are prohibited over university-owned property and grounds unless an official authorization has been granted by the University.

Ref University UAV and Drone Policy

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