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



Oregon Legislature


Chapter 837 — Aircraft Operation

Chapter 498 — Hunting, Angling and Trapping Regulations; Miscellaneous Wildlife Protective Measures

Chapter 163 — Offenses Against Persons

Chapter 164 — Offenses Against Property


City of Portland


Metro Parks, Cemetaries, and Natural Areas


Drones in the news

Sept 2020 - Oregon wildfires: Drone video shows scorched scenes in town nearly wiped out by fire





Bill History

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HB 4066 - modifies definitions related UAS and makes it a class A misdemeanor to operate a weaponized UAS. It also creates the offense of reckless interference with an aircraft through certain uses of UAS. The law regulates the use of drones by public bodies, including requiring policies and procedures for the retention of data. It also prohibits the use of UAS near critical infrastructure, including correctional facilities.


SB 5702 - specifies the fees for registration of public UAS.


Chapter 837 - Aircraft Operation

Oregon Revised Statute 837.360 (2013 and amended 2016) - prohibits weaponization of UAS and requires law enforcement to register UAS with Oregon Department of Aviation.

On June 24, 2013 the Oregon Legislative Assembly adopted House Bill (HB) 2710 (download below). This is an act relating to drones; and declaring an emergency.

HB 2710 defines a drone as an uncrewed flying machine, not including model aircraft. The law allows a law enforcement agency to operate a drone if it has a warrant and for enumerated exceptions including for training purposes. It also requires that a drone operated by a public body be registered with the Oregon Department of Aviation (DOA), which shall keep a registry of drones operated by public bodies. The law grants the DOA rulemaking authority to implement these provisions. It also creates new crimes and civil penalties for mounting weapons on drones and interfering with or gaining unauthorized access to public drones. Under certain conditions a landowner can bring an action against someone flying a drone lower than 400 feet over their property. The law also requires that the DOA must report to legislative committees on the status of federal regulations and whether UAV’s operated by private parties should be registered in a manner similar to the requirement for other aircraft.

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On May 18, 2015, Oregon Legislative assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2534 (download below) into law in Chapter 61, which went into effect January 1, 2016. This is an act relating to the regulation of drones by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission.

HB 2534 requires the development of rules prohibiting the use of UAS for angling, hunting, trapping, or interfering with a person who is lawfully angling, trapping, or hunting.

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On June 15, 2015, Oregon Legislative assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2354 (download below) into law in Chapter 315, which went into effect January 1, 2016. This is an act relating to UAS; amending ORS 837.300, 837.310, 837.320, 837.330, 837.335, 837.340, 837.345, 837.360, 837.365, 837.375, 837.380, 837.385 and 837.995. 

HB 2354 changes the term "drone" to "UAS" in statute.

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HB 3047 - modifies the law prohibiting UAS weaponization, making it a class C felony to fire a bullet or projectile from a weaponized UAS. It becomes a class B felony if serious physical injury is caused to another person. The law also creates an exceptions if the UAS is used to release a nonlethal projectile other than to injury or  kill people or animals, if the UAS is used in compliance with specific authorization from the FAA, if notice is provided at least five days in advance to the state police and department of aviation, is reasonable notice is provided to the public regarding the time and location for the specified operation of the UAS, and if the operator maintains at least $1 million in insurance coverage for injury. UAS may be used by law enforcement to reconstruct an accident scene. The law also prohibits the use of UAS over private property in a manner that intentionally, knowingly or recklessly harasses of annoys the owner or occupant of the property. It specifies that this does not apply to law enforcement and a violation is a class B violation. It is a class A violation if it is a second conviction and a class B misdemeanor if it is a third or subsequent conviction.

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