Evanston loosens reins on drone use

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The Evanston City Council agreed to let a two-year moratorium on the use of drones expire May 31.

Local Government Affairs Director Howard Handler, representing NSBAR, had provided written testimony to the city of Evanston. Handler wrote: “Until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other federal agencies develop an appropriate regulatory framework for commercial drone use, we, in most circumstances, implore REALTORS® not to use or contract the use of drones in the conduct of their real estate business unless the commercial drone operator has been granted a section 333 wavier by the FAA.

“However, under the auspices of the section 333 waiver and future FAA regulations, the applications for use of drone technology in real estate are plentiful and encompass a variety of activities, including marketing, appraisals and property inspections,” Handler wrote.  “Therefore, we are asking the city of Evanston to end its moratorium to pave the way for very limited drone use by way of the section 333 waiver, and for expanded use upon the creation of federal regulations.”

In the spring of 2013, Evanston adopted a moratorium on the use of drones. Advocates for the moratorium were concerned that, due to the rapidly evolving technology, federal and state regulations did not provide adequate safety and privacy protections.

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