Currently, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission does not issue permits for filming activity that involves the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones. Instead, when using a drone for commercial purposes, the film commission advises production companies to ensure that their drone operators adhere to and comply with: the conditions listed on the drone operator's FAA Section 333 Exemption, if applicable, OR the requirements included in the FAA's newly released Part 107 rule for commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems weighing less than 55 pounds.
Please visit the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems page for the latest UAS news and updates, Part 107 summary and complete text, waiver process, and more.
Additionally, per Pinellas County, FL Code of Ordinances, Chapter 90, PARKS AND CONSERVATION RESOURCES, Sec. 90-7 - Activities within county-owned or managed lands, (q) No person operating, directing, or responsible for any airplane, helicopter, drone, glider, hang glider, hot air balloon, dirigible, parachute or other aerial apparatus, including those radio controlled or otherwise unmanned, shall take off from or land in or on any county-owned or managed land, except for purposes of public safety or where written permission has been obtained from the administrator or designee.
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