Drone Usage

Historic Sites Division Drone Policy and Authorization

UPDATE: 11/29/2022 11:43 a.m.
The airspace in and around the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site is restricted to authorized and permitted drone operators ONLY. On December 9, 2022, the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site will be closed to drone traffic except for drones operated by the Texas Historical Commission.

The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones is carefully managed within the Historic Sites of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) to ensure the safety of the site’s natural and cultural assets, as well as the safety, peace and privacy of our sites’ visitors.

Visitors wishing to fly their drone at a THC Historic Site may do so with prior authorization by the Site Manager using this form. Authorization must be obtained before flying your drone and is granted on a site-by-site basis for the specific dates identified on the form at the discretion of the Site Manager. The authorization may be revoked at any time by the Site Manager.