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.

Arizona


Paradise Valley, Arizona

California


Barstow, California
Berkeley, California
Daly City, California
Los Angeles, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Rancho Mirage, California

Colorado


Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
Deer Trail, Colorado

Florida


Bonita Springs, Florida
Miami, Florida

Georgia


Augusta, Georgia
Cherokee County, Georgia

Illinois


Chicago, Illinois
Evanston, Illinois
Manhattan, Illinois
Schaumburg, Illinois

Iowa


Iowa City, Iowa

Kansas


Wichita, Kansas

Massachusetts


Barnstable, Massachusetts
Northampton, Massachusetts

Minnesota


St. Bonifacius, Minnesota

New Jersey


Bernards Township, New Jersey
Chatham, New Jersey

New York


New York, New York
Orchard Park, New York
Syracuse, New York

North Carolina


Kannapolis, North Carolina

North Dakota


Grand Forks, North Dakota

Ohio


Celina, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio

Pennsylvania


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

South Dakota


Aberdeen, South Dakota

Virginia


Charlottesville, Virginia

Washington


Pierce County, Washington
Seattle, Washington

Wisconsin


Antigo, Wisconsin
Chetek, Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Outagamie County, Wisconsin