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Surveying & Mapping Office / UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

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Welcome to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Page


Federal Rules


New FAA rules governing the commercial use of UAS technology went to effect. Information related to the FAA rule can be found at http://www.faa.gov/uas/


General UAS provisions of the rule include:


  • Requiring a Remote Pilot in Command Certification

  • Prohibiting flight over people or traffic.

  • Prohibiting weighing more the 55 lbs.

  • Prohibiting leaving the line of sight.

  • Prohibiting traveling higher than 400 ft. Above Ground Level (AGL), or 400 ft. AGL above a structure.

  • Prohibiting flight at night.


NOTE: This represents only a few of the many regulations outlined by the FAA.


State Laws

Florida laws regarding UAS technology can be found in Florida Statute 934.50.


General provisions of the law:

  • Allows businesses to use UAS technology for only the specific purpose of which the business is licensed by the state.

  • Allows for aerial mapping.

  • Prohibits the capturing of images of privately owned property without written consent.

  • Requires users follow FAA regulations.


NOTE: This list represents only a few of the many provisions outlined in State Law.


Local Codes


A number of Florida communities have adopted, or are in the process of adopting, codes regulating UAS activity within their jurisdictions.


Points of Consideration 


  • The commercial use of UAS technology is governed by federal, state and local rules and regulations.

  • There are no specific rules at FDOT regarding UASs, other than language normally found in contracts where consultants must abide by the appropriate federal, state and local rules and regulations.

  • State law allows for the use of UAS technology by certain businesses, so long as the activity in which the UAS is used is specific to the purpose in which the business is licensed by the state.

  • Contractors that want to provide the Department with UAS services must possess a Remote Pilot in Command certification.


Additional Resources
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