Know Before You Fly
Before completing this form please be sure you have already submitted the film application. Applications must be submitted 14 days prior to requested usage time of UAS to ensure proper review of the application by City officials. A $100 non-refundable application fee must be paid by cashier's check, money order, or online upon submission of your application to the Office of Film & Entertainment, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor, Miami FL, 33130. After submitting your application you will receive an email from a City of Miami employee with an invoice in order to pay for the $100 application fee. The invoice may be paid in person using the information listed above or it may be paid on www.miamifilmoffice.com (Under UAS Drones on permits page).
Sec.37 - 12. - Public Safety and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly known as Drones.( a ) Purpose and intent. This Section is intended to promote public safety and protect people attending large venue public events from the flying of unmanned aircraft systems (" UAS ") in and over such large public events. The City Commission wishes to regulate the use of UAS within a half - mile radius around stadiums and sport facilities when these devices are in use, and over other large venue special events in public parks, public facilities, streets, plazas, open spaces and the like that will attract large groups of people. All restrictions are intended to protect persons gathered in groups where a UAS incident would cause greater harm and risk of injury due to a greater number of people gathered in a close proximity. It is not intended to restrict legitimate hobbyists operating UAS in compliance with FAA rules and any other applicable laws, and outside of the prohibited areas. This Section is not intended to preempt FAA rules, but rather to operate in conjunction with those rules to promote public safety while recognizing the limitation in the FAAs enforcement capabilities.
2. In all other areas of the City, the following restrictions shall apply:
A. UAS may not be larger than fifty five ( 55 ) pounds including any attachments, and may not be equipped with detachable cargo, releasable payload, or any device equipped to carry a weapon. Any modifications to a UAS must be pursuant to FAA approval and registered via the City's application process.
B. UAS over fifty five ( 55 ) pounds may be operated only by a registered member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics ( AMA ), if the operator is subjected to and compliant with AMA rules. Notwithstanding the weight limit, all other provisions of this Section shall apply.
C. Conditions in 2 A and B above shall be included as conditions in the application process.
Rules and conditions.
The following rules and conditions shall apply to applications sought pursuant to this Section:
i. UAS activity described in this Article is allowed on a first come , first served basis.
ii. Applications are nontransferable , and are valid only on the date specified thereon.
iii. The applicant shall be held responsible for any damage and be liable to any third party.
iv. The applicant shall observe, obey and comply with the rules and regulations established by this Section, as well as all applicable City, county, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
v. The applicant shall assume all risk in the use of the UAS and shall be solely responsible and answerable in damages for all accidents and injury to person or property, as well as fines in connection with violations of this Ordinance or other applicable law.
vi. Special conditions related to safety may be imposed for particular large venuespecial events depending upon occupancy or other safety considerations.
***Please be sure that the Certificate of Insurance states the exact wording in the "Description of Operations" listed below:
City of Miami is listed as Additional Insured with respect to claims arising out of the operations of the named Insured. Coverage is Primary & Non-Contributory basis.
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