The New York Police Department announced its plan to institute a drone permit process for the public. The proposed drone rules aim to regulate the launch and landing of drones within the city.

The NYPD will hold a public hearing on the proposed rules in person. The public hearing will take place at 10:00 am on July 7, 2023 in the Auditorium on the first floor of 1 Police Plaza, New York, NY 10038.

In the dense urban landscape of New York City, drone operations are currently prohibited, barring specific public parks. Currently, Manhattan does not house any of these exceptions.

According to New York City Administrative Code Section 10-126(c), any aircraft activity outside areas assigned by the transportation department or the Port of New York authority is illegal.

However, city departments, including the Fire Department and the Buildings Department, utilize drones for monitoring fires, assessing fire damage, and conducting building safety inspections.

Drones are…