Massachusetts Drone Laws from Attorney & Pilot (2017)


NOTICE: This article is for information purposes only!  This article is ONLY for state laws that are DRONE specific. Local laws and “aircraft” related laws could potentially apply and were outside of the focus of this article. It might NOT be up to date. You should seek out a competent attorney licensed in the state you are interested in before operating.

Researching? I created a page on Drone Laws(federal, state, & international) and another on only US drone laws by state.

 Current as of February 21, 2017

As of the time of the writing of this article, there are no drone laws at the STATE level, there is at least one at the local level (City of Newton).

There was a bill that was proposed and failed (HB 1357) and there are 4 currently proposed (HB 2169, HB 1322, SB 447, SB 1835).

Massachusetts Department of Transportation has at least showed interested in seeking to operate drones.

There is one notable mention regarding drone laws and Massachusetts.  The city of Newton, Massachusetts created a drone ordinance that was very overbearing. Dr. Michael Singer sued in federal district court challenging on preemption grounds as well as others.  The court ruled in the Singer v. City of Newton case and struck down 4 provisions of the law as being illegal.

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