The New York City Department of Buildings recently released a comprehensive report on the potential use of unmanned aircraft systems (or drones) to aid in safety inspections of that city’s built environment.
This agency report provides a deep dive into the regulatory landscape affecting drone use in New York City, the use of drones in other jurisdictions, and how drones could potentially be used for building façade inspections within the five boroughs of New York City.
The report primarily looks at the capabilities of drones in the context of mandatory façade inspections under the City’s existing Façade Inspection & Safety Program (FISP).
The Department would invite further study on how drone use, and its accompanying technologies, could be safely employed by these professionals.
“It is imperative that we continue to embrace the latest technologies and innovations in support of our mission to protect our fellow New Yorkers,” said Buildings Commissioner, Melanie E. La Rocca.