A proposal to regulate where drones can fly in Chicago cleared the City Council's Aviation Committee on Thursday.
Chicago Alds. Ed Burke (14th) and Scott Waguespack (32nd) are cosponsoring the proposed ordinance, which would ban drones from flying within five miles of Chicago's airports and above schools, hospitals, churches and any other "property the operator does not own," unless permission is granted. The measure would further prohibit drones from flying "over any person who is not involved in the operation of the small unmanned aircraft, without such person's consent."
Under the ordinance, it would be illegal for drones to fly higher than 400 feet.
Those who violate the ordinance would be slapped with a fine ranging between $500 to $5,000 and could spend a maximum of six months in jail.
Waguespack said drone use is "growing exponentially," adding that, "If government doesn't regulate certain aspects, or at least attempt to, it can get out of control very quickly."
Burke noted that other municipalities in the United States have implemented an outright ban on drones.
The proposal now goes to the full Chicago City Council for consideration.