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

California UAS Law


Where just the name of the bill or resolution is hyperlinked in black that means that it is not yet law!

Note that bills that are now law are changed to blue font


Assembly bill (AB) 14


AB 1592  - On September 29, 2016 this was chaptered by the Secretary of State into Chapter 814, Statutes of 2016


AB 1662 vetoed by governor


AB 37

AB 56

SB 167

SB 168

SB 170

SB 262

SB 263

SB 271

SB 868


SJR 18 This measure would request the President of the United States and the United States Secretary of Transportation to allow for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems by farmers and rangeland managers pursuant to emergency rules adopted by the administration, as specified.

(Chaptered on 5-20-16 by Secretary of State. Res. Chapter 43, Statutes of 2016.)


SB 807 - 2016-09-29 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 834, Statutes of 2016 - Provides immunity for first responders who damage a UAS that was interfering with the first responder while he or she was providing emergency services. 


AB 1680 - makes it a misdemeanor to interfere with the activities of first responders during an emergency.


SB 809

SB 810

SB 811 

Senate Bill (SB) 142 (download below) - was vetoed by the governor on September 9, 2015 

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Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 6 (download below) - to consider California a test site - August 15, 2013

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Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 16 (download below) - to recognize the contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy, security, and educational system of California, its communities, an its citizens by proclaiming the month of March 2013 as California Aerospace Month

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California Assembly Bill (CAB) 856 (download below) - to expand liability for physical invasion of privacy to additionally include a person knowingly entering into the airspace above the land of another person without permission.

AB 856 prohibits entering the airspace of an individual in order to capture an image or recording of that individual engaging in a private, personal, or familial activity without permission. This legislation is a response to the use of UAS by the paparazzi.

Also local laws have been enacted:

Barstow Ordinance 942-2015


Daly City Code 12.36.050

Los Angeles Ordinance 183912 - Council File no. 15-0927 - effective December 2, 2015

Rancho Mirage Ordinance

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