Los Angeles Drone Laws (2019) How Can I use my drone?

Los Angeles Drone Laws

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  1. General Los Angeles Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Los Angeles
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Los Angeles
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Los Angeles Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Los Angeles, unfortunately due to the high population, the number of airports and airfields makes it difficult to find an appropriate site to most operators.

All drone owners have to go through – getting their drone registered with the  FAA and getting an identification number for display on the drone.

The use of drone in Los Angeles is regulated under the laws of California. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Los Angeles,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas were aircraft are operating ( 5 miles radius)
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited.

Failure to follow these Los Angeles drone laws may lead to a misdemeanor charge, and up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $1,000 to $50,000

Where can I use my drone in Los Angeles?

-Apollo XI Field Airfield

- San Fernando Valley Flyers

-Sepulveda dam

-Santa Monica pier

-Hollywood Hills


-MacArthur Park, lake side

Always remember not to use your drone over people in  public places an d stay away from populated areas!

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use.  Just be sure to register your drone under the EU standard

Please adhere to the above General Los Angeles Drone Laws however when flying your drone.(What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Los Angeles. Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.

You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered ""dangerous goods"" by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by LarkinTV when flying a drone in Los Angeles.

Buying Drones In Los Angeles

Read all of our Los Angeles Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Los Angeles. It includes information on drones for sale in Los Angeles, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Los Angeles drone laws are up to date as of July, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.