The Parks and Recreation Division follows strict guidelines that developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Broward County's Aviation Division. The guidelines apply to all aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including payloads such as on-board cameras.
There are only two locations in two Broward County parks that allow the use of drones: the model airplane fields at both Markham Park & Target Range and Vista View Park. The current guidelines for flying drones are as follows:
- No drone can fly within a five-mile radius of any airport in Broward County.
- All drones must fly below 400 feet altitude.
- Keep your unmanned aircraft in sight at all times.
- Never fly over groups of people, stadiums, or sporting events.
- Never fly near emergency response efforts.
- All operators must show proof of registration with the FAA.
- All operators must show proof of membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
- At Vista View Park only: You must be a member of the club that operates and maintains the park's airfield.
Any organizers/promoters of events in Broward County parks that request to use drones to take videos of their event must use an approved Broward County vendor that is registered with the FAA and submit a flight plan to park management for review.
For details, contact the Parks Safety Section at ParksSafety@Broward.org.