NO DRONE ZONEThe National Capital Region is governed by a Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) within a 30 mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, that restricts all flights in the greater DC area.

The SFRA is divided into a 15 mile radius inner ring and a 30 mile radius outer ring. Unmanned aircraft operations within the 15 mile radius inner ring is prohibited without specific FAA authorization.

Between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C., model aircraft pilots, commercial and public users can fly their UAS according to these operating conditions:

  • Aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs (including any attachments such as a camera)
  • Aircraft must be registered and marked
  • Fly below 400 ft.
  • Fly within visual line of sight
  • Fly in clear weather conditions
  • Never fly near other aircraft

The airspace around Washington, D.C. is more restricted than in any other part of the country. Rules put in place after the 9/11 attacks establish "national defense airspace" over the area and limit aircraft operations to those with an FAA and Transportation Security Administration authorization. Violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties.

The FAA is making outreach materials available through a digital toolkit. These materials are offered to federal, state, and other local partners around the National Capital Region to ensure that residents and tourists all understand that operating an unmanned aircraft in this area for any purpose is against the law. This digital toolkit includes No Drone Zone signage for any medium, including print and web, and informational handout cards explaining that the National Capital Region is a No Drone Zone.

Download the No Drone Zone digital toolkit (PDF)

No Drone Zone Informational Cards

No Drone Zone Signage



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