The term UAS refers to devices that go by many names: Remotely piloted vehicles (RPV), drones, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UnCommanded Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), and more. Regardless of what they are called, UAS are considered "aircraft" by the Federal Aviation Administration. Learn more about FAA rules and regulations.
The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is responsible for the stewardship, preservation, operation and maintenance of the state Capitol Campus, which includes the capitol, legislative and judicial buildings, the Governor's mansion, 15 state agency office buildings, 18 public monuments and works of art, Capitol Lake, and Centennial, Heritage, Marathon and Sylvester parks.
As part of the agency's responsibility to keep the state Capitol Campus safe for everyone, DES has adopted rules that mostly prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones on the campus. About 500,000 people visit the Capitol Campus and its four parks each year, including people attending 25,000 school tours and 630 events. In addition, about 7,000 people work on the campus.
The rules apply to all types of unmanned aircraft — including remote-control model aircraft and drones flown for recreational and business purposes.
The prohibition does not apply to UAS/drones used for emergency response by law enforcement and other first response agencies, such as local fire and health departments and state and federal environmental protection agencies.
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Before drafting a proposed rule, DES held four public workshops and consulted with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
After proposing rules, DES held a 41-day public comment period, including a public hearing on Dec. 22, 2015