Vermont Drone Laws
State Rules and Regulations
Federal airspace laws take precedence over state drone laws. If a state or local law directly conflicts with FAA regulations, the state or local law is likely to be invalidated.
“Drone” means a powered aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator and is able to fly autonomously or to be piloted remotely.
The statute generally prohibits any of these law enforcement agencies from using a drone “for the purpose of investigating, detecting, or prosecuting a crime” or to “gather or retain data on private citizens peacefully exercising their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.”
Law enforcement agencies may use drones in the following circumstances, which serve as exceptions to the general rule:
Any use of drones by any person, including a law enforcement agency, shall comply with all applicable Federal Aviation Administration requirements and guidelines.
On or before September 1 of each year, any law enforcement agency that has used a drone within the previous 12 months shall report the following information to the Department of Public Safety:
No person shall equip a drone with a dangerous or deadly weapon or fire a projectile from a drone. A person who violates this section shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.
The purpose of this rule is to restrict the taking of wild animals by use of aircraft and drones.