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Critical Infrastructure and Public Venues

Drones are prohibited from flying over designated national security sensitive facilities. Operations are prohibited from the ground up to 400 feet above ground level, and apply to all types and purposes of UAS flight operations. Examples of these locations are:

  • Military bases designated as Department of Defense facilities
  • National landmarks, such as Statue of Liberty, Hoover Dam, Mt. Rushmore
  • Certain critical infrastructure, such as nuclear power plants

The FAA is continuing to consider additional requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS specific flight restrictions as they are received.

There are also flight restrictions or temporary flight restrictions over some public venues and other locations. Learn about airspace restrictions and where it is safe to fly:

Learn more about what the FAA is doing to keep critical infrastructure safe:

Last updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2023