Drones Regulation Examined In Report To Windsor Council

Windsor council will be getting a report about drone use in city parks.

Ward 7 Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk had asked a question about whether the municipality has regulations to govern their use.

That report looked at what by-laws are in place in other local municipalities and across the province.

Kusmierczyk says Windsor's regulations are in line with other places, but wonders if that's enough.


AM800 file photo from January 2015

He says at least one city is requiring more permission for their use: "the only municipality that's gone further, above and beyond, is the City of London which requires operators of drones to have a permit and ask for permission from people they are filming or capturing on photo using aerial drones"

Kusmierczyk says he wants the city to be proactive and not let the issue get ahead of the rules.

He says the goal is to find a balance of people who want to use this new technology to take aerial photographs and videos but to be respectful of people who want to use parks like Sandpoint Beach without a drone hovering over their head.

Kusmierczyk wants to find out whether there have been complaints about drone mis-use, whether it's through 3-1-1 or elsewhere.

The report points out that larger drones and those being used commercially are already regulated by the federal government.