[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Morrisville 10-6-2016 by L.L. No. 7-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM or UAS
- An aircraft or powered aerial vehicle or other device, the flight of which is controlled either autonomously by onboard computer(s) or by remote control of an operator on the ground or in another vehicle or aircraft, without the assistance of an onboard pilot, also commonly known as "drones." As used in this chapter, the term specifically excludes traditional model aircraft incapable of being equipped with cameras and/or any other types of surveillance equipment.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Morrisville, after due deliberation, finds the operation of unmanned aircraft systems within the Village of Morrisville to pose a potential safety risk to aircraft and the public in general. In addition to the crash threat created by loss of control of the UAS, the noise created by their operation also creates a detriment to the public welfare. The operation of UASs also raises significant security and privacy issues. As such, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Morrisville hereby determines that it is in the best interest of the Village of Morrisville and the public generally to restrict the operation of unmanned aircraft systems from all property within the corporate limits of the Village.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, no person shall operate a UAS upon or from any real property, or from any vehicle, platform or other structure located upon any land or water body within the corporate limits of the Village of Morrisville.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, no person shall operate a UAS so as to cause the UAS to be over or above any property owned by the Village of Morrisville, or over or above the property of any owner who has not consented to such operation.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, no person shall operate a UAS over or above any property within the Village of Morrisville in such a manner as to disturb the peace or invade the privacy of any person or persons.
The restrictions imposed by this chapter shall not prohibit or impair the use of any UAS within the Village of Morrisville by authorized law enforcement and/or emergency response personnel, or pursuant to a duly issued warrant or court order.
The Village Code Enforcement Officer may grant a temporary permit to operate a UAS within the Village for a demonstrated legitimate commercial purpose or purposes. To obtain such permission, the operator must demonstrate that the operation of the UAS will serve a legitimate public or commercial purpose, that the consent of all owners of property over which the UAS will be operated has been obtained, and that the operation of the UAS will not pose an undue risk of invasion of privacy, or injury or harm to individuals or property.
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of an offense and shall be punished, upon conviction, by a fine of not more than $250. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate and additional offense hereunder.
This chapter is in addition to all applicable laws of the State of New York and the United States of America, and in no way is it intended to conflict with said laws, and this chapter shall be construed accordingly. Any section of this chapter or part thereof which conflicts with any state law does not invalidate any other section of this chapter or part thereof.