MDOT Revises Policy Regarding Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

In an October 2, 2017 letter, MDOT informed MITA and other industry partners that they have revised their policy on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, i.e. drones) within the MDOT Right-of-Way (ROW).

MDOT’s letter, in part, states:

“This past July, Governor Snyder appointed members to the new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force. The 27-member task force was created to develop statewide policy recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems in the state.

While the Task Force works to fulfill its charge, use of unmanned aircraft within MDOT ROW is permitted so long as the operator of the UAV is licensed, insured, and complies with any and all Federal and State of Michigan laws, rules, and/or regulations.”

MDOT’s previously issued policy statement strictly prohibited the operation of UAVs within the MDOT ROW.

To view the October 2, 2017 policy letter click here.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Glenn Bukoski at or Rachelle VanDeventer at They may also be reached by calling 517-347-8336.