Unmanned Aircraft Use (Drones)

Use of an Unmanned Aircraft (Drone) in any Onondaga County Park is by permit only. Applicants must submit a separate application for each date/park. 

  • Click here to download conditions for use, please read carefully before submitting application.

    Please note: Beaver Lake Nature Center permits will only be issued May-August and November-February due to waterfowl migration periods. Dates are subject to change.

  • All applications must be include a FAA Remote Pilot License and Proof of Insurance, naming Onondaga County Parks. 
  • Not sure where to start with drone insurance...Global Insurance or VeriFLY might be able to help. Please note: By providing these links we are not endorsing the companies or products. They are not affiliated with Onondaga County Parks.
  • Click here to access the online application. Applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to requested use and are subject to approval. Once an application is approved a permit will be issued.
  • Questions?? Email us at parks@ongov.net.


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During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.