Local Regulation

There has been a proliferation of legislative proposals to regulate the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at the county and municipal levels. Many of the proposals have been drafted specifically to address privacy concerns regarding the use of UAS by public employees, and most of the proposals regulate UAS altitudes and proximity to airports in the regulated locality. Cities large and small, from New York, New York and Los Angeles, California to St. Bonifacius, Minnesota and Grand Forks, North Dakota have passed resolutions regulating the use of UAS. Comparing and contrasting localized UAS prescriptions sheds light on regional concerns and future trends.

Read the National League of Cities (NLC) Cities and Drones report, which provides cities with insight on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules relating to drone operation. The report also provides suggestions for how local governments can craft their own drone ordinances to encourage innovation while also protecting their cities.

Paradise Valley, Arizona
Barstow, California
Berkeley, California
Daly City, California
Los Angeles, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Rancho Mirage, California
Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
Deer Trail, Colorado
Bonita Springs, Florida
Miami, Florida
Augusta, Georiga
Cherokee County, Georiga
Chicago, Illinois
Evanston, Illinois
Manhattan, Illinois
Schaumburg, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Wichita, Kansas
Barnstable, Massachusetts
Northampton, Massachusetts
St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
Bernards Township, New Jersey
Chatham, New Jersey
New York, New York
Orchard Park, New York
Syracuse, New York
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Celina, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Charlottesville, Virginia
Pierce County, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Antigo, Wisconsin
Chetek, Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Outagamie County, Wisconsin