As a drone operator, it is essential to be aware of the laws in your state. Our article on Washington (WA) state drone laws governs how, where, and when drones can be flown in the state.
Violating drone laws in Washington state can result in penalties. By understanding these laws, drone operators can avoid potential penalties and fly their drones safely and legally.
The Washington State legislature has passed many drone regulations for flying drones in Washington. The highlights are listed below.
Landing, launching, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters within the state capitol campus’s boundaries is prohibited except for the exemptions listed under WAC 200-250-040.
Drones and other remote-controlled aircraft are allowed in Washington state parks with a signed authorization from the Director or a designee. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) flight authorization is given either once or for a predetermined, brief period of time.
However commercial, educational, filming, and still photography require a special permit and an RC Aircraft permit. Drone pilots must submit applications at least 60 days before the activity.
Commercial drone operators must register their drones with the WSDOT through the Secure Access Washington (SAW) portal.
The use of unmanned aircraft is prohibited to spot, locate, or report the location of wildlife for the purpose of hunting, as well as to pursue, concentrate, or harass any wild animal or wild bird unless the activity is authorized by the director or the department.
Olympic Coast laws forbid aircraft activities within a nautical mile of the coast, offshore rocks, or islands, or below 2,000 feet above ground level.
County departments and agencies are not permitted to use drones or other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to collect data or evidence related to criminal activity. The only exceptions are cases where it is permitted by federal and state law.
For filming over city-owned property i.e., parks, streets, and sidewalks all UAS operators require a special permit. While operating drones only from and above private property or solely over waterways, no special permission is required.
This law forbids the use of remote-controlled drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for aerial photography, filming, and other recreational activities. The purpose of this city ordinance is to protect the safety and privacy of citizens as well as the wildlife of the park.
All recreational UAV operators are encouraged to use their drones at Marymoor Park Airfield and 60 Acres Park.
No one is permitted to fly a drone, other unmanned aircraft, self-propelled model airplane, glider, automobile, boat, or any model rocket within a county park except in locations specifically designated by the parks division and marked for such use.
The Chief Privacy Officer of the Washington Office of Privacy and Data Protection issued some guidelines for unmanned aircraft systems for policymakers and stakeholders as they develop policy proposals.
Here are the guidelines:
Note: The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. If you have any doubt we encourage you to visit the official websites of the respective departments or consult an attorney.
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