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

Wisconsin Drone Law

Chapter 114 - Aeronautics and Astronautics
114.04 Flying and landing, limitations
114.045 Limitation on the Operation of Drones
114.05 Damages by Aircraft or Spacecraft
114.09 Intoxicated and Reckless flying, penalty
114.105 Local regulation
Chapter 175 - Miscellaneous Police Provisions
175.55 Use of Drones Restriction
Chapter 941 - Crimes against Public Health and Safety
941.292 Possession of a weaponized drone
Chapter 942 - Crimes against Reputation, Privacy, and Civil Liberties
942.10 Use of a Drone
Chapter 29 - Wild Animals and Plants
29.083 Interference with hunting, fishing, or trapping
Chapter NR25 - Use of Department Properties
Wisconsin State Park System
NR 45.04 General rules para. c



AB 433 - failed to pass


AB 670 - An Act to renumber and amend 114.105; to amend 114.04; and to create 114.045, 114.105 (1) and 114.105 (3) of the statutes; Relating to: the operation of drones over state correctional institutions, the authority of political subdivisions to designate areas over which the operation of drones is limited, and providing a penalty.


AB 671 - failed to pass


SB 338 An Act to amend 29.083 (1), 29.083 (2) (a) (intro.), 29.083 (2) (a) 5., 29.083 (3) and 29.971 (11r) (a); and to create 29.083 (2) (a) 6., 29.083 (2) (a) 7., 29.083 (2) (a) 8. and 29.971 (11r) (am) of the statutes; Relating to: interfering with hunting, fishing, and trapping and providing criminal penalties


SB 497 - failed to pass


SB 498 - failed to pass


Wisconsin Statute 114.04 (2014) - prohibits "dangerous or damaging" flying of UAS over state land and waterways.

On May 23, 2013, the Wisconsin State Legislature enacted Senate Bill (SB) 196 (download below).

SB 196 requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using drones in a place where an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. The law also creates two new crimes; “possession of a weaponized drone” and “use of a drone.” Use of a drone creates a class A misdemeanor for a person who, with intent, observes another individual in a place where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Possession of a weaponized drone is a class H felony. 


Antigo Resolution 090-15


Chetek City Code 118-89


Green Bay Code Section 27.310


Outagamie County Ordinance 10.195 and 10.35

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