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United States Capitol Police

Protect and Secure Congress

No Drone Zone

The Capitol Police Board has established Traffic Regulations for the U.S. Capitol Grounds that detail those activities that are prohibited and rules that are enforced by the U.S. Capitol Police.  These regulations provide for the safety of all persons on Capitol Grounds; prevent destruction or damage to Capitol Grounds; preserve healthy and sanitary surroundings; and maintain the Capitol Grounds in an attractive and intact condition for the enjoyment of all visitors.

Chapter 16 of the regulations addresses recreational activities and special restrictions within the U.S. Capitol Grounds.  
Specifically, §16.2.90 MODEL ROCKETS and BOATS: strictly prohibits the use of model rockets, remote or manually-controlled model gliders, model airplanes or unmanned aircrafts, model boats and model cars on Capitol Grounds.  

In addition, Federal law prohibits flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems, such as drones, anywhere in the District of Columbia. Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Capitol Grounds are designated as a NO DRONE ZONE.

Anyone violating Traffic Regulation §16.2.90 will be subject to arrest, a $300 fine, and/or 90 days imprisonment and may also face additional federal civil and criminal penalties.