Are you looking to fly drones in the state of Arizona? If ‘yes’ then you need to be aware of Arizona Drone Laws and regulations. You will avoid a lot of trouble by getting a first-hand understanding of drone regulations specific to Arizona. Let’s get started…
You may fly them recreationally and commercially, but there are some restrictions. Find out more about the drone flying laws in Arizona in the highlights below.
The drone laws in Senate Bill 1449 comprise the following guidelines:
Under this drone rule, all state parks in Arizona forbid the use of drones for recreational purposes. For commercial purposes, a film permit is submitted to decide whether commercial drone operations will be permitted within the parks or not.
According to Film Permit regulations, you must have insurance and a valid FAA drone registration permit.
The state of Arizona has local drone rules that apply to certain towns, counties, and regions’ UAV operations.
Under this UAS rule, Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado Park, Papago Park (Tempe part), and city preserves are off-limits for UAS launches and landings.
According to county park regulations, using engine-powered models and/or toys in any park must be done in a way that doesn’t endanger the general public.
The city ordinance defines the following places as being off-limits for UAS takeoff or landing:
Additional restricted sites are listed on the Scottsdale government’s official website, including:
According to this law,
Under this law, it’s a class 1 misdemeanor:
All drone operations are prohibited by city ordinance in Phoenix public parks, except for those that the Director has approved. Acceptable operation locations must have a minimum of 400 feet of clear space without any obstructions such as trees, buildings, or fences that are ten feet or higher.
On the official Phoenix government page, you can find the list of eight city parks that welcome drones:
The AMA Safety Code must be followed for all UAS operations conducted inside specified operation sites.
Commercial UAV operations must be registered with the Town at least 4 hours before they begin flying drones. Property owners in Paradise Valley are permitted to fly UAVs for fun at a height of no more than 500 feet on their land.
In accordance with local regulations, employees of the city’s emergency management, law enforcement, and search and rescue departments are allowed to use drones for authorized purposes.
No one is allowed to fly a Town UAS over a person unless that person is actively taking part in the UAS’s operation.
Note: The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. For more information on Arizona drone laws and regulations, visit the FAA’s website or the official websites of the respective departments or consult an attorney.
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