Drone Use

YOU HAVE CONTROL. BE SAFE, BE LEGAL! WHEN YOU FLY A DRONE, THE RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS.

IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH, REMEMBER:

  • Hobby drone use is not allowed except by a person on their own personal property, or on property they have the express permission of an owner to use. Hobby drone use is not allowed on the beach. 

  • Drone use connected to a special event must have a special event permit that includes permission for use of the drone. and likewise for commercial productions involving video, film or audio, which require a film permit. Find permit forms and additional information at www.orangebeachal.gov/events/special-events

  • Commercial or real estate entities that film with drones multiple times a year must receive permission annually with a fee added to their business license fee. Business license information and forms can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/business-licenses

  • All Orange Beach drone filming permit applications must provide valid FAA certification and each applicant must produce proof of liability insurance.

  • Each permitted drone user’s flight plan - including those used for special events, concerts and film productions - must be approved by the city with a minimum of 7 days’ notice. Permits, where applicable, are required prior to submission. Email plans to droneflightplan@orangebeachal.gov.

  • Each permit application must have the owner's written consent to takeoff and/or land on the owner's property. In the case of properties such as condominiums and townhomes, the permit applicant will need written consent from the property's management company or owners' association.

Fill out the Drone Use Application by clicking here.
 

(CODE OF ORDINANCES, CITY OF ORANGE BEACH: CHAPTER 54 - ARTICLE IV - OPERATION OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS)