Special Restrictions: A List of All the Locations Where the FAA Has Established Restrictions on Drone Operations Since Launching the Part 107 Rules

The FAA issued its Small Unmanned Aircraft Rules, or Part 107 rules, back in August of 2016. When the rules first came out they included general restrictions on where sUAS could be flown, including the requirement to obtain permission from the FAA in order to fly in Class B, C, D, and E airspace.

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Since those rules were issued, the FAA has used the authority granted it by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations to establish further restrictions on where drones can be operated, in cooperation with various federal agencies such as the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among others. Some of the sites where these restrictions have been put in place are places like national monuments, prisons, and locations connected to national security, such as military bases and nuclear power facilities.

These restrictions prohibit UAV operations up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of the designated site, and completely prohibit flying without special permission (i.e., permission that couldn’t be obtained simply by pursuing a Part 107 waiver)—check out the final section of this article to see what that special permission looks like.

The FAA issued their first list of special restrictions on April 7, 2017, when they announced the establishment of restrictions of drone operations over 133 military facilities. Since then they have made six more releases with lists of new restricted locations.

But when we looked around, we couldn’t find a comprehensive list of all of the announcements the FAA has made, so we wanted to compile them into a single resource to make them a little more approachable.

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What follows is a list of all of the locations where the FAA has established flight restrictions using Title 14, organized by type (Military Bases, Landmarks, etc.), with a link to the original FAA announcement about the new restrictions.

Want to view all of these areas? Check out the FAA’s interactive online map, where you can search for and view all of the areas listed below that have special flight restrictions in place. A link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app.

A List of Areas Where the FAA Has Established Restrictions on sUAS FlightMilitary Bases

In their very first announcement regarding special flight restrictions issued on April 7, 2017, the FAA announced restrictions for flight near 133 military facilities in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD) and other U.S. federal and security and intelligence agencies.

A list of the actual facilities was not provided in this instance, but in the FAA’s announcement they direct pilots to learn more about them in their interactive online map.

Landmarks and National Monuments

An announcement on flight restrictions for these landmarks and national monument sites was issued by the FAA on September 28, 2017 in partnership with the Department of the Interior (DOI):

Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NYBoston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MAIndependence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PAFolsom Dam; Folsom, CAGlen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZGrand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WAHoover Dam; Boulder City, NVJefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MOMount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SDShasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA

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Read more about the FAA restrictions surrounding landmarks and national monuments in this article we wrote when they were first announced.

DOE Facilities / Nuclear Sites

An announcement on flight restrictions for these DOE facilities and nuclear sites was issued by the FAA on December 18, 2017 in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE):

Hanford Site, Franklin County, WAPantex Site, Panhandle, TXLos Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NMIdaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, IDSavannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SCY-12 National Security Site, Oak Ridge, TNOak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TNPrisons

An announcement on flight restrictions for these prison sites was issued by the FAA on June 7, 2018 in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

United States Penitentiary (USP) Tucson near Tucson, AZUSP Atwater near Atwater, CAUSP Victorville near Victorville, CAUSP Florence High near Florence, COUSP Florence ADMAX near Florence, COUSP Coleman I near Sumterville, FLUSP Coleman II near Sumterville, FLUSP Marion near Marion, ILUSP Terre Haute near Terre Haute, INUSP Big Sandy near Inez, KYUSP McCreary near Pine Knot, KYUSP Pollock near Pollock, LAUSP Yazoo City near Yazoo City, MSUSP Allenwood near Allenwood, PAUSP Canaan near Waymart, PAUSP Lewisburg near Lewisburg, PAUSP Beaumont near Beaumont, TXUSP Lee near Pennington Gap, VAUSP Hazelton near Bruceton Mills, WV

An announcement on flight restrictions for this prison site was issued by the FAA on June 29, 2018 in partnership with the DOJ:

Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson near Clinton, ILU.S. Coast Guard and Naval Sites

An announcement on flight restrictions for these U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sites was issued by the FAA on June 7, 2018 in partnership with the DOJ and DHS:

USCG Baltimore Yard, MDUSCG Base Boston, MAUSCG Base Alameda, CAUSCG Base Los Angeles/Long Beach (LALB), CAUSCG Base Elizabeth City, NCUSCG Base Kodiak, AKUSCG Base Miami, FLUSCG Base Portsmouth, VAUSCG Base Seattle, WAUSCG Operations System Center (OSC) near Martinsburg, WV

An announcement on flight restrictions for these USCG and Naval Sites was issued by the FAA on October 26, 2018 in partnership with the DOD and the USCG:

Drone operations are required to maintain a distance of at least 3,000 feet laterally and 1,000 feet vertically from vessels operating in the vicinity of Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state.Drone operations are required to maintain a distance of at least 3,000 feet laterally and 1,000 feet vertically from vessels operating in the vicinity of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.

An announcement on flight restrictions for these Naval sites was issued by the FAA on May 18, 2018 in partnership with the DOD:

Naval Support Activity Monterey, Monterey, CA (new)Naval Air Station Kingsville, Kingsville, TX (new)Naval Support Activity Orlando, Orlando, FL (new)Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Indian Head, MD (boundary change)How can you get permission to fly in these restricted areas?

Although you can’t go through the usual airspace authorization process to obtain permission to fly in these restricted areas, there are still other ways to pursue permission.

Here is what the FAA says about getting permission to fly in these restricted areas in their FAQ:

Are there exceptions for UAS operations to fly in one of these restricted areas?

UAS operations that meet one or more of the requirements listed below may be allowed to operate within the TFR:

The UAS flight operation has been pre-approved by the designated facility contact based on criteria established by the sponsoring federal agency in coordination with the FAA.The UAS flight operation is conducted in direct support of an active national defense, homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, search and rescue, or disaster response mission, and prior notification has been provided to the designated facility contact.The UAS flight operation is conducted in direct support of a significant and urgent governmental interest and is approved by the FAA’s System Operations Support Center (SOSC) in advance of entering the TFR.

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