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



Effective October 1, 2017.

30-04-02-22. Drones prohibited.

1. A person may not operate a drone or any radio-controlled aircraft while on any state wildlife management area unless authorized by the director or the director's designee.

2. The term drone refers to a UAV that can fly autonomously or by remote control.


Grand Forks Ordinance 9-0202



Drones in the news

April 2020 -  North Dakota researchers look for ways drones can help in a pandemic




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


In 2013, Senate Bill (SB) 2018 (download below) granted $1 million from the state general fund to pursue designation as a FAA UAS test site. If selected, the law would grant an additional $4 million to operate the site.


Also in 2013, North Dakota adopted House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 3012 to recognize the benefits of a thriving UAS industry in the state.


On April 2, 2015 the North Dakota Senate passed House Bill (HB) 1328 (download below), a Bill for an Act to provide for limitations on the use of UA for surveillance.


On June 16, 2015, House Bill (HB) 1018 (download below) was signed by the Governor. This was an act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the department of commerce; to provide exemptions; to provide for transfers; to amend and reenact section 54-60-17 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to workforce development; and to provide for a legislative management study.


SCR 4014 supports the development of the UAS industry in the state, congratulates the FAA on the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight Certificate of Authorization in the United States, and encourages further cooperation with the FAA to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace.


Executive orderEstablished the Northern Plains Uncrewed Systems Authority to oversee the operation of the UAS test site in the state.




49 USC §46505. Carrying a weapon or explosive on an aircraft


March 2016 - Police appeal to lawmakers for future options on arming drones





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