There’s now a legal way to fly a drone in NYC

Mayor Eric Adams unveiled a new permitting process for drone use in New York City on Friday, aiming to make it easier for businesses to fly drones.

The new rules will open up an approval process to specially licensed applicants seeking to fly drones within city limits, which was previously illegal in nearly all situations.

City officials said the process is not meant to be a boon to recreational drone flight, but it aims to open up drone use to businesses such as drone operating companies, which were previously unsure of how to legally operate the machines.

“The goal is transparency, allowing people to take away the uncertainty. No one knew how to use or apply for use of a drone in New York City,” Adams said from a press conference in Lower Manhattan. “We’re removing that.”