[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Burlington 6-20-2017. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any powered, unmanned aircraft which is operated remotely from outside the aircraft, or is capable of being so operated.
- Bearing, carrying, hoisting, towing or containing a weapon, whether lethal or non-lethal, including but not limited to bombs, explosives, darts, gas, knives, guns or firearms of any description, flamethrowers, missiles, or rockets.
No drone shall be flown over privately owned residential real property without the express consent of the owner of such residential real property.
No person shall possess or operate a weaponized drone.
No drone shall be used to hunt, herd, or disturb animals, birds, or other wildlife.
No person shall use a drone to view, photograph, film or make video or other recordings of another person without the knowledge and consent of such other person under circumstances where such other person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
No person shall use a drone to access or collect information stored or transmitted in digital form without authorization.
No person shall operate a drone recklessly or in such a manner as to reasonably instill fear or apprehension for the safety of other persons.
No person shall operate a drone so as to interfere with the duties of fire, law enforcement, conservation, and public safety personnel.
No person shall operate a drone over school grounds or school buildings, or within 100 feet of school grounds or school buildings, without the express permission of the school's administrator.
Notwithstanding the other provisions of this chapter, drones may be used for bona fide rescue, survey, or public safety purposes by fire, law enforcement, conservation and public safety personnel, or for training for such purposes.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject to, for a first offense, a fine of $100 and for each subsequent offense a fine of $200. Violations of this chapter shall be enforced through the State of Connecticut Centralized Infractions Bureau by the issuance of an infraction ticket pursuant to C.G.S. § 51-164n.
The provisions of this chapter apply only to private and/or recreational unmanned aircraft and shall not apply to commercial unmanned aircraft pursuant to Public Act 17-52 and shall not supersede or replace any other applicable statute or regulation. Violations of the rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration pertaining to drones and their use shall be deemed to also be violations of this chapter, and such violations shall, without limitation, be fully subject to the penalties and enforcement provisions contained herein.
Editor's Note: See C.G.S. § 7-149b.
The First Selectman or his designee may, from time to time, establish and rescind drone-free zones.