Information on Drones

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GENERAL INFORMATION

An Unmanned Aircraft System (“UAS”) is an unmanned aircraft (“UA”), commonly referred to as a drone, and the equipment necessary for the safe and efficient operation of that aircraft. A UA is a component of a UAS. It is defined by statute as an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft (Public Law 112-95, Section 331(8)). It is the responsibility of the drone operator to understand and abide by the rules established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  For more information, resources and rules associated with flying UA, please visit the FAA’s website at https://www.faa.gov/uas/.

The City of San Clemente has adopted a local ordinance to establish regulations regarding the reasonable time, place, and manner of UA operations.  These regulations are located in Title 8 of the San Clemente Municipal Code (SCMC), Chapter 8.82 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the operation of drones in the City of San Clemente, please contact Adam Atamian, Interim Code Compliance Supervisor, at (949) 361-6191 or atamiana@san-clemente.org.  To submit a complaint about the use of drones in the City, please call (949) 366-4705 or visit www.san-clemente.org/complaints to submit a complaint online.  To report an emergency related to the operation of a drone, please contact San Clemente Police Services at 911 or their non-emergency dispatch line at (949) 770-6011.

NO-FLY ZONE INFORMATION

In addition to other regulations governing the operations of UA in the City of San Clemente, SCMC Section 8.82.050(E) [Reasonable Time, Place, Manner], requires that “No person shall takeoff, land, or operate a UA within 500 feet of any county or city owned jails, holding facilities, law enforcement facility, or within 500 feet of any designated publicly owned building chosen by the city….”  The list of buildings that have been designated for inclusion on the “no-fly zone” list of publicly-owned buildings is available at the following link:

No-Fly Zone List of Publicly-Owned Buildings

Along with other requirements for operating UA over privately-owned property, SCMC Section 8.82.050(D) [Reasonable Time, Place, Manner], requires that “No person shall takeoff, land, or operate a UA within 500 feet of a school facility without prior notification and authorization of school officials. When authorization to operate a UA is required to takeoff, land, or operate a UA on or over a school facility, UA operators must have on their possession a copy of the written or electronic authorization from the school's administration while they takeoff, land, or operate a UA within 500 feet of the school.”

A map showing the No-Fly Zones and the School-authorization required areas is available at the following link:

No-Fly Zone Areas

 

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