UAS/drone operators must follow legal requirements to ensure safe and responsible flight. Permitted operators agree to the following terms and conditions.

Commercial Terms & Conditions

  • Permit valid for Commercial UAS Flight Operations in N.C.
  • This permit shall not be represented as a valid Airman's Certificate, Pilot's License or the like and is not a valid substitute for those credentials.
  • This permit shall be in the possession of the Permitted Operator during all Commercial UAS Operations conducted in N.C. Operator must be able to produce this permit upon demand when conducting UAS operations.
  • Permitted Operator must operate under the Small UAS Rule, Part 107, or obtain from the FAA a valid Airspace Authorization for Commercial Operations covering the type of UAS being operated, the type of operation being conducted, and the geographic area, airspace and altitudes at which the UAS is being operated.
  • This permit shall not be used as proof of valid Airspace Authorization from the FAA. Proof of valid FAA-issued Airspace Authorization must be in the possession of Permitted Operator during all Commercial UAS Operations. This would include a remote pilot airman certicate with small UAS rating if operating under Part 107, a copy of the 333 exemption, or appropiate FAA Authorization documentation.
  • All documentation and credentials required by the FAA and the State for Commercial UAS Operations must be in the possession of the operator during UAS operations to include; driver's license, N.C. UAS Operator Permit, FAA-issued Airspace Authorization documents and/or Airman's Certificate for the pilot in command if operating under Part 107 or required by the operator's FAA-issued Airspace Authorization.
  • By accepting this permit and operating a UAS for commercial purposes in N.C., operator agrees to abide by all federal, state, and local laws, regulations and ordinances governing commercial UAS operations in the operational area.
  • By accepting and using this permit, operator agrees to operate according to all requirements, restrictions and guidelines outlined in the operator's FAA-issued Airspace Authorization for Commercial UAS Operations.
  • The Permitted Operator assumes all risks and liability associated with the operation of a UAS and the use of the products associated with or derived from each UAS operation.
  • Through the issuance of this permit, the NCDOT makes no representation as to the skill of the operator as it relates to operation of a particular UAS type or the skill of the operator in conducting a particular type of mission.
  • NCDOT shall not be held liable for any conduct of Permitted Operator or resulting effects of the UAS operation before, during or after UAS operations. Furthermore, Permitted Operator agrees to indemnify and hold harmless NCDOT for any action or result of a UAS operation conducted under this permit.

Public-use (Government) Terms & Conditions

  • Permit valid for public-use (government) UAS Flight Operations in N.C.
  • This permit shall not be represented as a valid Airman's Certificate, Pilot's License or the like and is not a valid substitute for those credentials.
  • This permit shall be in the possession of the Permitted Operator during all government UAS operations conducted in N.C. Operator must be able to produce this permit upon demand when conducting UAS operations.
  • Permitted Operator must operate under the Small UAS Rule, Part 107, or obtain from the FAA a valid Airspace Authorization for public-use (government) operations covering the type of UAS being operated, the type of operation being conducted, and the geographic area, airspace and altitudes at which the UAS is being operated.
  • This permit shall not be used as proof of valid Airspace Authorization from the FAA. Proof of valid FAA-issued Airspace Authorization must be in the possession of Permitted Operator during all Commercial UAS Operations. This would include a remote pilot airman certicate with small UAS rating if operating under Part 107, a copy of the 333 exemption, or appropiate FAA Authorization documentation.
  • All documentation and credentials required by the FAA and the State for public-use (government) UAS operations must be in the possession of the operator during UAS operations to include; driver's license, N.C. UAS Operator Permit, FAA-issued Airspace Authorization documents and/or Airman's Certificate for the pilot in command if operating under Part 107 or required by the operator's FAA-issued Airspace Authorization.
  • By accepting this permit and operating a UAS for public-use (government) purposes in N.C., operator agrees to abide by all federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances governing public-use (government) UAS operations in the operational area.
  • By accepting and using this permit, operator agrees to operate according to all requirements, restrictions and guidelines outlined in the operator's FAA-issued Airspace Authorization for public-use (government) UAS operations.
  • The Permitted Operator assumes all risks and liability associated with the operation of a UAS and the use of the products associated with or derived from each UAS operation.
  • Through the issuance of this permit, the NCDOT makes no representation as to the skill of the operator as it relates to operation of a particular UAS type or the skill of the operator in conducting a particular type of mission.
  • NCDOT shall not be held liable for any conduct of Permitted Operator or resulting effects of the UAS operation before, during or after UAS operations. Furthermore, Permitted Operator agrees to indemnify and hold harmless NCDOT for any action or result of a UAS operation conducted under this permit.