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



NRS 493.103  UAVs: Action for trespass against owner or operator; exceptions; award of treble damages for injury to person or property; award of attorney’s fees and costs and injunctive relief.

NRS 493.106  UAVs: Weaponization prohibited; penalties.

NRS 493.109  UAVs: Operation near critical facility or within 5 miles of airport prohibited; exceptions; penalty.

NRS 493.112  UAVs: Operation by law enforcement agency; warrant required under certain circumstances; information acquired in violation of section inadmissible and may not be used to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause.

NRS 493.115  UAVs: Operation by public agency; requirements; prohibited uses; information acquired in violation of section inadmissible and may not be used to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause.

NRS 493.118  UAVs: Department of Public Safety required to establish and maintain registry of such vehicles operated by public agencies; public agencies required to submit certain information for inclusion in registry; annual reports to Legislature; regulations.

NRS 493.130  Operation of aircraft while under influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled substance or in reckless manner: Penalty; exception.



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Bill History


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On May 8, 2013 Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 7 was enrolled and delivered to the Secretary of State as File No. 30. This was a resolution that became effective upon passage.


In 2013, Nevada, through Assembly Bill (AB) 507, appropriated $4,000,000 to the Interim Finance Committee for allocation to the Governor's Office of Economic Development for the UAV Program. The funds can only be appropriated if Nevada is selected as a FAA Test Site.

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On June 2, 2015 The Governor of Nevada approved Assembly Bill (AB) 239 (download below) into law as Chapter 327. This is an act relating to aircraft; regulating operators of UAVs in this State; revising the definition of “aircraft” to include UAVs; prohibiting the operation or use of a UAV under certain circumstances or for certain purposes; authorizing a law enforcement agency to operate a UAV at certain locations without a warrant under certain circumstances and for any other lawful purpose; prohibiting a law enforcement agency from operating a UAV without first obtaining a warrant under certain circumstances; authorizing a public agency to operate a UAV only under certain circumstances; requiring the Department of Public Safety, to the extent that money is available, to establish and maintain a registry of UAVs that are operated by public agencies in this State; requiring the Department to report certain information to the Legislature with respect to the operation of UAVs by public agencies in this State; requiring the Department to adopt regulations prescribing the public purposes for which a public agency may operate a UAV in this State; providing certain criminal and civil penalties for the unlawful operation or use of a UAV in this State; and providing other matters properly relating thereto. 

AB 239 includes UAS in the definition of aircraft and regulates the operators of UAS. It also prohibits the weaponization of UAS and prohibits the use of UAS within a certain distance of critical facilities and airports without permission. The bill specifies certain restrictions on the use of UAS by law enforcement and public agencies and requires the creation of a registry of all UAS operated by public agencies in the state.


AB 11 - adds transmission lines that are associated with the Colorado River Commission of Nevada to the definition of “critical facility” for the purpose of limiting where UAS can be operated.

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