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02/07/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

Just because a drone operator complies with Federal Aviation Administration rules for small unmanned aircraft doesn’t mean he can fly anywhere in Texas he wants. The Texas Privacy Act (Government Code Chapter 423) limits the use of drones in certain situations, even if the operator is certified by the FAA.

However, the privacy act has an exception for real estate activities. It allows drone users to take photos and video if they are “captured by a Texas licensed real estate broker in connection with the marketing, sale, or financing of real property, provided that no individual is identifiable in the image.”

So, you can capture all the drone footage of a client’s property that you want—as long as you keep people out of it (unless you have their consent).

If you’d like to take footage of the property’s surroundings, stick to public property or obtain consent from that owner. You’re allowed to capture images and video of public property and people on public property. But you could run afoul of the law if you record properties that aren’t your client’s.

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