Sarah Nilsson JD, PhD, MAS
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West Hollywood ordinance 16-974


Sept 2017 - Civilian oversight group tells L.A. Sheriff's Department to ground its drone


Town of Los Alamitos—Municipal Ordinance // 2018

This city ordinance created restrictions on drone activity and flight within the Town of Los Alamitos. (Reinforces FAA)


City of Yorba Linda—Municipal Ordinance // 2017

This city ordinance banned flying within 25 feet of another individual, excepting the drone pilot. Enforces FAA Regs.This city ordinance also prohibits takeoffs and landings within 500 feet of a special event or emergency response without a city-issued temporary use permit, and any violation of an FAA temporary flight restriction or notice to airmen.


Town of Calabasas—Municipal Ordinance // 2017

This city ordinance gives local authorities the power to enforce FAA drone-related regulations by making violations of FAA regulations a misdemeanor. This city ordinance also places limits on how close a drone can fly to a school or public event.


City of Hermosa Beach—Ordinance 16-1363 // 2016

This ordinance requires drone operators to obtain an operating permit and identification number given by Hermosa Beach in order to fly. It is also states that drones should not be flown less than 350 feet above a public school.


National Parks

The National Park Service has banned the use of drones in all Golden Gate National Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Barstow Ordinance 942-2015



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Daly City Code 12.36.050


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

Drones are now a permanent part of the LAPD's arsenal - Sept 10, 2019


Rancho Mirage Ordinance 5.12.270



Drones in the news

March 2020 - Police in California city consider new ways to use drones during coronavirus outbreak


Bill History


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 sUAS 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.


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