Drones: Municipal Use and Regulation

Informational Memo

Published: August 7, 2020

Drones Municipal Use and Regulation
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This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Outlines legal developments surrounding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones. Discusses how cities are using drones, how cities can legally operate them, and other considerations for cities before flying drones. Reviews a city’s authority to regulate drones and includes links to helpful Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) documents and materials.