Can you fly drones over private property?

Hey, I’m new to drones and was wondering if it’s legal to fly them over private property. I want to explore some cool locations for aerial photography, but I don’t want to break any rules.

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In the United States, you can legally fly a drone over private property and dwellings if you follow these rules:

Respect private: Do not invade the owners’ private. Do not use your drone to take photos or videos of individuals in their private spaces without their permission.

Safety first: Make sure you are not jeopardising people’s lives or causing property damage. Exercise caution and avoid irresponsible flying.

Airspace Regulations: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversees airspace above 400 feet. Drone operations are permitted in the area, however they must remain within the altitude constraints.

No really private property but then there are places you can’t foy drones. You need to have a license first.

Drones are permitted to fly above houses, although there are numerous regulations in place. Essentially, the drone cannot fly too low (about tree height) without the landowner’s permission.

Flying drones over private property involves legal considerations:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations: While FAA rules cover drone use, they don’t directly address private property. Generally, for recreation, drones can fly below 400 feet, maintaining visual line of sight and avoiding restricted airspace.

Privacy Laws: Privacy concerns arise when capturing video or images without consent. This could violate privacy laws despite FAA regulations.

Local Laws: Some states or cities may have specific drone laws regarding private property. Check local regulations before flying.

Flying a drone over private property can be a legal gray area, but there are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

Respect for Privacy

  • Avoid Flying Over Private Property: Refrain from flying your drone over private areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as backyards, pools, and other secluded areas.

Following the Rules

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations: The FAA has regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including drones. These regulations generally apply to airspace, not necessarily property itself. You can find detailed regulations on the FAA’s website (FAA).
  • Local Laws: Some states and localities may have additional laws or restrictions on drone use. Check with local authorities to understand specific regulations in your area.

FAA Regulations Overview

  • Recreational Flying: If you’re flying your drone for hobby or recreational purposes, follow the FAA’s Part 107 rules, which include:
    • Keeping your drone below 400 feet above the ground.
    • Maintaining visual line of sight with your drone at all times.
    • Not flying over people unless they are directly involved in the operation or under a covered structure.

Obtaining Permission

  • Get Permission: Even if flying over a property is technically legal according to the FAA, it’s always best to get permission from the landowner before flying over private property. This shows respect for their privacy and helps avoid potential conflicts.