The Austin Police Department's Air Support Unit Unmanned Systems Team reviews and approves the usage of multiple drones to create image or text displays for entertainment or advertising purposes to ensure they abide by any local, state, and/or federal laws and regulations. These type of displays must have prior approval and may need a Special Event Permit.

Apply for Drone Display Approval

1. Complete an Unmanned Aerial Operations Request form.

2. Submit request to for approval.


Special Event Permits

A special event permit is not required for a drone display but may be required for associated activities on the ground. For more information, review the Special Events Ordinance Section 4-20-21 or contact ACE at