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Drone Ordinance Becomes Law on March 29

Post Date:03/02/2018 3:00 PM
On February 27, the Sausalito City Council adopted a new ordinance regulating the operation of drones (a.k.a. "unmanned aircraft systems") within City limits. The ordinance will become effective on March 29, 2018. Included in the ordinance are the following restrictions on the operation of drones in Sausalito:
  • Drones may not be operated outside of daylight hours, at a height of more than 400 feet above the ground, or at speeds over 20 mph 
  • Drones may not be operated within 25 feet of any individual (except the operator and except during takeoff and landing)
  • Drones must always be within the line of sight of the person operating the drone
  • Drones may not be used for audio or video recording where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy
  • Drones may not be operated in such a way as to harass, intimidate, annoy, threaten, or vex another person
  • Drone operators may not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Violators of the new regulations may be subject to fines and confiscation of the offending drone. To report a violation of the ordinance after it becomes effective on March 29, please contact the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170. The ordinance will be enforced on a complaint basis. Any questions about the new regulations may be directed to Lieutenant Bill Fraass at



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