UAS Flight Permits

All Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, or drone) flights on URI campuses require a flight permit issued by the URI Office of Emergency Management. Please see the following links for more information.

Policy on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) | UAS Procedures

UAS Flight Permit Application Form | UAS Sponsor Form [PDF]


  1. Review the university Policy on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UAS Procedures.
  2. Download and complete the Flight Sponsor Form (must be signed by the Remote Pilot-in-Charge and the University Sponsor).
  3. Complete the online UAS Flight Permit Application, uploading the completed Flight Sponsor Form and other required documents.
  4. Upon approval, a flight permit number will be issued to the Remote Pilot-in-Charge.

NOTE: A university UAS permit is specific to PIC, aircraft, location, dates/times, and flight purposes indicated in the application. Researchers and public safety personnel (police, fire, EMS, emergency management) may apply for a blanket Annual Permit. All other members of the university community may request a flight permit covering multiple flights over a longer period of time (up to a year) for the same PIC, aircraft, location(s) and purpose. Vendors and third-party UAS operators may only request flight permits on a per-flight basis. UAS flight operations conducted for a different purpose, timeframe, or location other than that specified in the original permit will require either a new permit application or an amendment to the existing one.