Ventnor City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 8-8-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 107-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DATA COLLECTION
The acquisition of information by use of one or more sensing devices.
DRONE
An unmanned aircraft that can fly under the control of a remote pilot or by a geographic positions system ("GPS") guided autopilot mechanism, and that is equipped with any sensing device or capable of any data collection.
SENSING DEVICE
A device capable of acquiring data from its surroundings. Sensing devices include, but are not limited to, cameras, microphones, thermal detectors, chemical detectors, radiation gauges, and wireless receivers in any frequency (including cellular, Wi-Fi, or other data frequencies).
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
An unmanned vehicle or device of any size that is capable of remote control flight by any means device, is not capable of any data collection, and that does not possess any sensing devices.

§ 107-2 Regulations.

A. 
Except as otherwise provided in § 107-3, drones and unmanned aircraft are prohibited from being launched from, or landing on, any government or public buildings, property, or parks within the City unless prior written permission has been granted by the Ventnor City Chief of Police for a special event or City-sponsored event.
B. 
Except as otherwise provided in § 107-3, drones and unmanned aircraft are prohibited from operating or flying in any airspace under 400 feet over any government or public buildings, property, or parks within the City unless prior written permission has been granted by the Ventnor City Chief of Police for a special event or City-sponsored event.
C. 
Except as otherwise provided in § 107-3, drones and unmanned aircraft are prohibited from operating or flying in any airspace under 400 feet over the Ventnor City Beaches from May 31 through September 1 in any given year unless prior written permission has been granted by the Ventnor City Chief of Police for a special event or City-sponsored event.

§ 107-3 Exceptions.

A. 
This chapter shall not prohibit the constitutional use of drones and unmanned aircraft by any law enforcement agency or emergency services organization of or servicing the City, the State of New Jersey, or the United States of America for lawful purposes and in a lawful manner.
B. 
This chapter shall not prohibit any federal, state, county or municipal agency from the use of drones and unmanned aircraft for any lawful and authorized purpose pursuant to applicable regulation.
C. 
This chapter shall not prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft by any federal, state, county or municipal agency, including, but not limited to, law enforcement and emergency services agencies, for lawful purposes and in a lawful manner.

§ 107-4 Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $2,000. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a new violation occurs or continues. The court, in its discretion, may order the imposition of up to a maximum of 90 days of community service in addition to or as a substitute for any fine.