Regulations regarding where drones are allowed to fly has just become stricter after a new FAA law makes it now illegal to fly drone over US landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

The FAA has announced that they are restricting drone use within 400 feet of numerous national US landmarks. They say that the new restrictions we set in place because of a request made by US security and law enforcement agencies.

Drones will no longer be able to fly within 400 feet of the following US landmarks:

  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY
  • Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MA
  • Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Folsom Dam; Folsom, CA
  • Glen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZ
  • Grand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WA
  • Hoover Dam; Boulder City, NV
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MO
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SD
  • Shasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA

There can be exceptions made to the law, but there must be coordination with the FAA and the particular site that’s in question. Those that violate the new law will face penalties that could lead to fines or criminal charges. The FAA says that it will also be considering other requests from federal agencies in the future that could restrict drone use further.

This marks the first time that the FAA has restricted drone over Interior Department landmarks, even though many of the sites listed were covered by a National Park Service drone ban issued in 2014. The ban however prevented drone launching, landing and operating unmanned drones within national parks. The FAA’s new restriction restricts drone use within 400 feet regardless of the drone user’s location.

The law will come into effective on October 5th.

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Sean Berry
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