Virginia permits the recreational and commercial use of drones, subject to FAA and municipal laws. You need to be aware of Virginia drone laws before flying drones in Virginia.
In this article, we have highlighted the basic Virginia drone laws and regulations that apply while operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within Virginia state, USA.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows drone pilots to fly drones recreationally or commercially within the United States as long as they comply with all applicable federal laws and Virginia state drone laws governing safety, privacy, security, and civil liberties.
This law authorizes a political subdivision, by ordinance or statute, to regulate the takeoff or landing of certain unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on property belonging to the political subdivision.
This law prohibits local governments from regulating the use of privately owned drones within their boundaries.
Under this law, any person who knowingly and intentionally causes a UAS to enter the property of others and come within 50 feet of a dwelling house to harm a person in any way or enters a property without legal consent, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
This UAS law requires law enforcement authorities to get an official warrant before they use drones for any purpose other than emergencies or training purposes.
Under this law, it is illegal and is a Class 1 misdemeanor to knowingly or intentionally cause a drone to enter someone’s property for the purpose of peeping or spying.
According to this law, the fire chief or other officer in charge of a fire department has authority over unmanned aircraft during a fire, explosion, or other hazardous condition.
Local drone laws in Virginia refer to policies and regulations that are created and implemented by local governments.
Under this law, the UAV operator must obtain a permit from the appropriate governmental official before flying or operating any airborne equipment from a public place. Public place here means the ground of any county-owned property, which includes parks, beaches, public boating lands, vacant open land, county-operated buildings, and public schools.
This law bans the use of drones in county parks or facilities at night. Anyone wishing to fly a drone in county public spaces must first obtain permission from the park authority.
Note: The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. For more information on Virginia (VA) drone laws, visit the official websites of the respective departments or consult an attorney.
No, it’s a Federal crime to shoot down an aircraft. Shooting down a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) could also result in criminal liabilities.
No. Flying a UAV over private property without the owners’ consent or secretly recording, attempting to film, or spying is considered trespassing and you may be charged criminally for doing so.
Yes. Nevertheless, different rules and legislation are applicable based on your objectives and the area you choose for flying drones at night. In addition to complying with the general FAA guidelines, drones flying at night must have anti-collision lights.
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