Welcome to the comprehensive guide on drone laws in Connecticut, where we delve into the intricate web of regulations that govern the skies.
Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional flyer, navigating federal, state, and local laws is essential to avoid legal consequences and ensure responsible drone operation.
Can You Fly a Drone in Connecticut?
Yes, you can fly a drone in Connecticut as long as you follow all necessary drone laws.
- Can You Fly a Drone in Connecticut?
- Federal Drone Laws in Connecticut
- State Drone Laws in Connecticut
- Local Drone Laws in Connecticut
- Penalties for Violating Drone Laws in Connecticut
- FAQ About Drone Laws in Connecticut
Federal Drone Laws in Connecticut
Drone flyers in every state must adhere to federal drone laws created by the U.S. government. Notable federal drone laws from the FAA include:
Commercial Drone Use
To fly a drone for business or profit, you are a commercial drone operator. Federal rules for commercial drone use in Connecticut include:
Recreational Drone Flying
Flying a drone for fun or for pleasure is recreational drone flying. Hobbyist drone operators must:
- Pass The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST)
- Follow CBO safety guidelines for drone operation, including flying under 400 feet
- Avoid flying in restricted areas, including near airports or prisons
Government Employee Drone Operation
Note: This content is accurate up to the date it was last updated, and drone regulations in Connecticut can change over time. This is not meant to take the place of legal counsel.
State Drone Laws in Connecticut
On top of federal drone laws, drone operators in Connecticut must follow state-wide drone laws created by the Connecticut General Assembly. Outlined by them and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the state drone laws include:
- SB 975 // 2017– Restricts Connecticut municipalities from creating their own drone laws. However, municipalities that are water companies can regulate drone use over public water supply or land.
- DEEP §23-4-1 // 2017 The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection prohibits drone use at Connecticut State Forests, State Parks, or other DEEP-owned lands without a Special Use License.
Local Drone Laws in Connecticut
Drone laws enacted by specific cities, counties, or regions are local drone laws. While Connecticut restricts local municipalities from enacting drone laws, there are some exceptions including:
- Town of Greenwich—Municipal Code // 1983 bands operation and possession of a UAS within any park.
Penalties for Violating Drone Laws in Connecticut
Connecticut takes drone laws seriously and enacts penalties for violating drone laws. The penalty depends on the drone law violation, the number of offenses, and more. In general, penalties may include criminal or civil charges, fines, drone confiscation, and/or jail time.
FAQ About Drone Laws in Connecticut
Can I fly a drone over private property in Connecticut?
Yes, you can fly a drone over private property in Connecticut as long as you adhere to all laws and respect the privacy of the land owner. Drone use over private property may not violate the trespassing laws, and should not disrupt the property owner.
Can you fly drones in state parks in Connecticut?
No, you cannot fly a drone in state parks in Connecticut or any land owned by the Department of Energy and Environment Protection without a Special Use License.
Are drones legal in CT?
Yes, drones are legal for commercial and recreational use in Connecticut as long as you adhere to all federal, state, and local laws.