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

Massachusetts UAS Law


City of Northampton Ordinance


Town of Barnstable - As follows on April 22, 2016:

Drones Banned on Barnstable’s Public Beaches

A public hearing on changes to the rules and regulations for Barnstable’s bathing beaches was held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Town Hall. The change is an addition under section 401A-6(C) Prohibited Activities: “Using, launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from, or on, land or waters associated with any of the Town of Barnstable bathing beaches is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Town Manager.” The term “unmanned aircraft” includes devices like model airplanes, quadrocopters, and drones that are used for any purposes including recreation or commerce. After reviewing the public comment and explanation from staff on the safety issues involved, I took the matter under advisement. Based on further information received from the FAA and our legal staff regarding the regulation of “airspace”, I have amended the regulations to take out the word “above” and restrict the regulation to the launching and landing of drones on a public beach. This regulation will be reviewed at the end of the summer season to see if it has been effective or needs further amending.


Newton City Council votes to regulate drones - Dec 2016

Judge overturns local law that effectively banned drones over small town - Sep 2017



Bill History


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HB 2977

SB 1835

SB 1841

SB 447

HB 2169

HB 1357



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