Last Updated 18th July 2013

Local Regulation

There have been relatively few legislative proposals to regulate the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at the county or municipal levels. Almost all of the existing proposals have been drafted specifically to address privacy concerns regarding the use of UAS by public employees, and most of the existing proposals simply ban UAS from airspace above the regulated locality. Notably, the cities of Charlottesville, VA and St. Bonifacius, MN have each passed resolutions restricting the use of UAS.

Berkeley, California

PROCLAIM BERKELEY A NO DRONE ZONE AND ENACT AN ORDINANCE TO THAT EFFECT:

“NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley that the City of Berkeley, with this Resolution and by Proclamation proclaims Berkeley a No Drone Zone, and instructs the City Attorney to perform the necessary legal tasks to transform this declaration of a No Drone Zone into an Ordinance for the City of Berkeley wherein drones are hereby banned from airspace over the City of Berkeley, including drones in transit. Under that Ordinance, flying of a drone within the airspace of the City of Berkeley shall be considered a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Each offense that is more than one offense of flying a drone within said airspace will be considered to be an additional misdemeanor, with jail time and fines based on the number of violations.”

Submitted by: George Lippman, Chairperson, Peace and Justice Commission

PROCLAIM BERKELEY A NO DRONE ZONE AND ENACT AN ORDINANCE TO THAT EFFECT

Charlottesville, Virginia

Anti-drone Resolution:

“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to adopt legislation prohibiting the use of drones for surveillance, and prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being.”

Submitted by: David Swanson

Anti-drone Resolution

*Passed 02/04/2013

Deer Trail, Colorado

“An ordinance to defend the sovereign airspace of the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado, and that of its citizens, their homes, businesses, related properties and interests, from unwanted incursions by small unmanned aerial vehicles (popularly referred to as ‘drones’).”

Drafted by: Phillip Steel

Draft Anti-Drone Ordinance

*Scheduled to go before the town council 08/06/2013

Evanston, Illinois

Resolution 27-R-13:

“Authorizing the City of Evanston to Establish a Moratorium on the Use of Unregulated Drone Technology”

Resolution 27-R-13

Evanston City Council

Iowa City, Iowa

ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 9, ENTITLED “MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC:”

“ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 9, ENTITLED “MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC,” OF THE CITY CODE BY ADOPTING AN ORDINANCE SIMILAR IN SUBSTANCE TO THE PROPOSED INITIATIVE ON TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS AND DRONES, AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION SYSTEMS AND OTHER KINDS OF TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, AND BY REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 12-4466 THAT ENABLED AUTOMATIC TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT.”

ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 9, ENTITLED “MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC”

Pierce County, Washington

Proposed Ordinance No. 2013-28:

Full Title: An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Adopting a New Chapter 1.30 of the Pierce County Code, “Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance”

Sponsors: Councilmembers Dan Roach, Stan Flemming

Status: June 18, 2013–Referred to the Public Safety and Human Services Committee

Proposed Ordinance No. 2013-28 Follow 2013-28′s Progress

Rancho Mirage, California

Drone Prohibition Ordinance:

“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO MIRAGE AMENDING DIVISION III “OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE” OF TITLE 9 “PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND WELFARE” OF THE RANCHO MIRAGE MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT THE FLYING OF DRONES IN RESIDENTIALLY ZONED AREAS OF THE CITY”

Status: April 4, 2013–Submitted to Mayor and City Council

Drone Prohibition Ordinance

Seattle, Washington

Council Bill Number 117707:

“AN ORDINANCE relating to the regulation of unmanned aircraft systems operated by the Seattle Police Department; adopting City policies regarding the acquisition and operation of unmanned aircraft systems; and establishing a new Chapter 14.18 in the Seattle Municipal Code.”

Sponsor: HARRELL; CO-SPONSOR CLARK

Council Bill Number 117707

*Proposal Died after Mayor Cancelled Police Drone Program

St. Bonifacius, Minnesota

Resolution 2013-8:

“A RESOLUTION RESTRICTING THE USE OF DRONES IN THE CITY OF ST. BONIFACIUS AIR SPACE”

Resolution 2013-8

*Adopted 02/20/2013