Friday, May 26, 2017
[Orange County] San Clemente Drone Ordinance
SAN CLEMENTE, CA — Want to fly your drones around San Clemente? You better read this first.
On May 2, 2017, the San Clemente City Council approved a new ordinance regarding the use of unmanned aircraft (UA), commonly referred to as “drones,” in response to the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury Report, “Drones: Know Before You Fly.”
An increased drone-usage in 2016 has led officials to decide that unregulated drone usage will pose significant threats to public safety and privacy in the future, according to the report.
The City of San Clemente provided its response to the findings and recommendations required of the Orange County Grand Jury in October of 2016, including an ordinance adoption that regulates drone operating requirements on the time, place, and manner of drone operations.
The City’s UA ordinance will go into effect on June 1, 2017.
The City’s ordinance complies with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) finalized notice of proposed rule-making entitled “Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” This imposes operating and certification requirements to allow small unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace System for non-hobby purposes and non-recreational purposes.
Numerous instances of drone interference with fire and emergency services have been documented, city officials said in recent release.
The City of San Clemente agrees with the FAA that the City Council has police powers and authority to issue regulations related to land use, zoning, privacy, trespass, and law enforcement operations.
May 18, 2017
San Clemente Patch
By Ashley Ludwig