Updates and Unofficial Review of NYC Drone Regulation Progress

Note: There are opinions and conclusions voiced thatare editorial in nature.

Mysteriously and suspiciously once we "wrapped" on the problem presented with the arrests Carlina Rivera returned an email. She was reviewing a Bard newsletter tracking drone news for 3/28/16 – 4/3/16 (link) and thought to email.

She referenced a link of legislation related to drones.

These considerations are outlined below.

Int 0589-2014 Version A:

Source: "Avigation of unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes and by city agencies."

Sponsors: Daniel R. Garodnick, Andrew Cohen, Costa G. Constantinides, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Laurie A. Cumbo, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Karen Koslowitz, Rory I. Lancman, Ritchie J. Torres, James Vacca, James G. Van Bramer, Jumaane D. Williams, Deborah L. Rose


This bill would require the Police Department to develop internal policies and procedures for prior review and authorization of operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The bill would put in place requirements for the use of UAVs by all city agencies and would require the New York City Department of Transportation to promulgate certain uniform rules for UAVs used by city agencies, including technical specifications, marking requirements, and other operational standards, with some exceptions for the Police Department. Finally, the bill would put in place requirements for the use of UAVs for commercial purposes.


Key point:

"establishment of a process to develop certification, flight standards, and air traffic requirements for civil unmanned aircraft systems at test ranges where such systems are subject to testing" --§ 45502 a.2.F

Int 0601-2014 Version A:

Source: "Regulation of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in city airspace."

Sponsors: Paul A. Vallone, Corey D. Johnson, Peter A. Koo, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Alan N. Maisel, Eric A. Ulrich, Karen Koslowitz, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Fernando Cabrera , Andrew Cohen, Costa G. Constantinides, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Chaim M. Deutsch, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., David G. Greenfield, Rory I. Lancman, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Deborah L. Rose, James Vacca, Jumaane D. Williams, Ruben Wills, Daniel Dromm , Laurie A. Cumbo


This bill would place restrictions on the times, locations and altitudes at which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes also known as drones, may be operated. The bill also would prohibit the use of UAVs for conducting surveillance and the operation of UAVs that are equipped with weapons or dangerous instruments. Additionally, the bill would make technical and conforming changes to Administrative Code § 10-126. This bill would not affect the operation of UAVs by City agencies.


Int 0614-2015 Version *

Source: Requiring the registration and insurance of unmanned aerial vehicles

Earlier version

Sponsors: The Public Advocate (Ms. James), Peter A. Koo, Deborah L. Rose, Rosie Mendez, Karen Koslowitz, Antonio Reynoso, Laurie A. Cumbo


This bill would require unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including drones, to be registered with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and to be covered by a liability insurance policy before they may be flown in City airspace. The bill would create exceptions from these requirements for toy aircraft (as defined in the bill), UAVs that are not flown in the City, and UAVs that are considered air carriers under federal law. The bill would also require each covered UAV to have a tag affixed to it with an identification number linking it to its owner. The bill would authorize DOT and other actors, including the Police Department, to enforce its provisions, and would allow authorized entities to temporarily seize a UAV that was in violation of the bill and allow DOT to impose penalties on the owner or operator after a hearing. Finally, the bill would allow the Commissioner of Transportation to promulgate rules and require him or her to report on the effectiveness of the registration and insurance requirements at protecting the public.


FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016