In this article, we’ll talk about the latest Minnesota (MN) drone laws that you need to know.
Guidelines for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have been established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The drone laws in Minnesota regulate how, where, and under what conditions drones can be flown in the state.
If you are looking to fly drones in Minnesota, you need to keep yourself informed of these local and state regulations.
These drone laws apply in the entire state of Minnesota. You must follow these regulations before flying drones in the state of Minnesota state.
Under this statute, you need to register with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to fly drones commercially. You do this by completing an application for registration and paying a yearly registration cost of $100.
Under this policy, commercial drones must be registered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and their operators must obtain a commercial drone pilot’s certificate from the FAA and carry liability insurance.
Under this statute, drone operators who register with the state must show proof of insurability. The aircraft-specific insurance coverage must be fulfilled. All drones used for commercial purposes and weighing less than 55 pounds are included in this.
Flying drones over a state correctional structure or building or the premises belonging to or under the control of the building is forbidden and it constitutes a criminal offense without the written consent of the commissioner. Recording images while doing so is also considered a felony.
This law identifies the following actions, among others, as misdemeanors:
This allows law enforcement to operate drones for emergencies involving the risk of death or bodily injury, public events with heightened risks to public safety, counter-terrorist operations, traffic crashes, public relation, or training.
Local drone laws in Minnesota refer to policies and regulations that are enacted and enforced at the county, city, or town levels.
Under this rule, you cannot take off or land a drone anywhere in Ramsey County. Only designated locations are permitted for drone operations.
This law prohibits the landing or launching of any aircraft within a County Park.
This law prohibits the launching, landing, or operation of drones on any national wildlife refuge unit. You need a permit in accordance with 43 CFR 5.1-12 before using a drone on or from refuge-administered lands to take commercial photographs.
This ordinance requires drone operators to obtain a special use permit from the parks department before they launch or land their drones within county parks.
Over 64 acres of land at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area near Coldwater Spring implemented NPS regulations for drones.
All drone operations must be approved by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board before operating drones within its boundaries. You need to get an appropriate drone permit from the board if you want to fly drones at parks and recreation facilities.
According to this rule,
This rule prevents the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) and other powered devices or toys within all park and trail systems managed by the Park District without a special permit.
The City of Eagan has changed its policy and now defers to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in all matters related to drone use and regulations.
Note: The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. For more information on Minnesota (MN) drone laws and regulations, visit the official websites of the respective departments or consult an attorney.
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