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Posted on: June 7, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), AKA “Drones” Ordinance

On June 6, 2016 the Narragansett Town Council adopted an ordinance that prohibits UASs from being deployed, launched or flown in any airspace within 500 feet or over the Town Beach during beach season, any large venue special event in the Town of Narragansett, and over public parks, roads and public facilities during large venue special events. This ordinance is intended to promote and protect the personal privacy and public safety of our Town Beach patrons during the summer season and all persons that patronize Narragansett municipal venues and large public gatherings/events throughout the year. This ordinance will also protect our residents against the physical invasion of privacy that occurs when a drone, without permission, knowingly enters onto the land or into the airspace above the land of our town residents for the purpose of viewing, capturing an image or sound recording unless otherwise exempted.

This ordinance is NOT intended to restrict legitimate hobbyists operating UASs in compliance with FAA rules and any other applicable laws, and outside of the prohibited areas.

An event principal, or their designee, may apply for a permit to operate an UAS in conjunction with a permit to organize a large venue special event. Such permit will issue at the sole discretion of the Town, based on considerations of the type of activities which would tend to damage private/public property, endanger the public or event attendees, or which are likely to create an atmosphere which would discourage use of town-owned property, other locations or venues for their intended purpose.

Please refer to the ordinance for definitions, prohibitions, UAS application process, exemptions, enforcement and all applicable details.

A drone permit may be obtained in the Town Clerk’s office.

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