Drones (small unmanned aircraft systems)

In order to protect public health and safety, the City Council adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of small unmanned aircraft (aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds inclusive of payload and attached systems and components operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft) where not otherwise regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The following is a summary of the new ordinance: 

Invasion of Privacy

  • It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and intentionally use a small unmanned aircraft to observe another person or to capture or transmit an image, sound, or other physical impression of another person where the other person has a reasonable expectation of privacy;

Trespassing

  • It is unlawful for any person to operate, launch or land a small unmanned aircraft on or from private property without the prior consent of the personal lawfully in possession of the property;

Harassment

  • A person will commit harassment if they fly, use, launch, employ or navigate a small unmanned aircraft system in a manner MEANT to harass, annoy, or alarm the animals or human occupants of public or private property, or to observe. Photograph, or visually record an individual or individuals on private property without permission or lawful authorization;

   Interference with a Peace Officer or Firefighter

  • It is unlawful for any person to operate a small unmanned aircraft in a manner that obstructs, impairs or hinders a peace officer or firefighter in the discharge or apparent discharge of his or her official duties.

 For more information on this ordinance, please call the Police Department at 303-773-2525. 

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