Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS

Oregon Drone Laws


HB 4066 - modifies definitions related UAS and makes it a class A misdemeanor to operate a weaponized UAS. It also creates the offense of reckless interference with an aircraft through certain uses of UAS. The law regulates the use of drones by public bodies, including requiring policies and procedures for the retention of data. It also prohibits the use of UAS near critical infrastructure, including correctional facilities.


SB 5702 - specifies the fees for registration of public UAS.


Chapter 837 - Aircraft Operation

Oregon Revised Statute 837.360 (2013 and amended 2016) - prohibits weaponization of UAS and requires law enforcement to register UAS with Oregon Department of Aviation.

On June 24, 2013 the Oregon Legislative Assembly adopted House Bill (HB) 2710 (download below). This is an act relating to drones; and declaring an emergency.

HB 2710 defines a drone as an unmanned flying machine, not including model aircraft. The law allows a law enforcement agency to operate a drone if it has a warrant and for enumerated exceptions including for training purposes. It also requires that a drone operated by a public body be registered with the Oregon Department of Aviation (DOA), which shall keep a registry of drones operated by public bodies. The law grants the DOA rulemaking authority to implement these provisions. It also creates new crimes and civil penalties for mounting weapons on drones and interfering with or gaining unauthorized access to public drones. Under certain conditions a landowner can bring an action against someone flying a drone lower than 400 feet over their property. The law also requires that the DOA must report to legislative committees on the status of federal regulations and whether UAV’s operated by private parties should be registered in a manner similar to the requirement for other aircraft.

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On May 18, 2015, Oregon Legislative assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2534 (download below) into law in Chapter 61, which went into effect January 1, 2016. This is an act relating to the regulation of drones by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission.

HB 2534 requires the development of rules prohibiting the use of UAS for angling, hunting, trapping, or interfering with a person who is lawfully angling, trapping, or hunting.

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On June 15, 2015, Oregon Legislative assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2354 (download below) into law in Chapter 315, which went into effect January 1, 2016. This is an act relating to unmanned aerial systems; amending ORS 837.300, 837.310, 837.320, 837.330, 837.335, 837.340, 837.345, 837.360, 837.365, 837.375, 837.380, 837.385 and 837.995. 

HB 2354 changes the term "drone" to "unmanned aircraft system" in statute.

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