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New Jersey Drone Laws

The following are the drone-related laws and regulations for the state of New Jersey, as well as any ordinances or bylaws that have been enacted by cities or towns within the state.

Current Laws

Current Laws consist of pieces of legislation that have been passed and signed into law.

Borough of Franklin Lakes - Municipal Law

2016

Town ordinance essentially re-iterating FAA regulations.

Ramapo Indian Hills - Municipal Law

2016

Drones prohibited on or above school grounds.

East Hanover Township - Municipal Law

2016

Drones prohibited on or above school grounds.

Chatham Township - Municipal Ordinance

2015

Drones prohibited in public airspace under 400 feet.

Bernards Township - Municipal Law

2015

Drones prohibited in or over any park or recreation facility.

Pending Laws

Pending Laws consist of pieces of legislation that have been publicly introduced or debated, but not signed into law.

SR 41 - Urging increased FAA drone regulations
2018 - 2019

Official resolution urging FAA to expand restrictions on flights of unmanned aerial vehicles.

AR 103 - Urging increased FAA drone regulations
2018 - 2019

Official resolution urging FAA to expand restrictions on flights of unmanned aerial vehicles.

A 4989 - Trespassing & Invasion of Privacy
2018 - 2019

Would expand existing laws regarding trespassing & invasion of privacy to include activity committed via drone.

S 3318 - Trespassing & Invasion of Privacy
2018 - 2019

Would expand existing laws regarding trespassing & invasion of privacy to include activity committed via drone.

S 2942 - Obstructing a Crime Scene
2018 - 2019

Clarifies existing drone laws to add that using a drone to obstruct a crime scene is a fourth-degree crime.

S797 - Geofencing
2018-2019

Would require all drones operated in the state to be equipped with “geofencing” technology to prevent flight in restricted airspace.

Note: Same as S380/A2389 from prior legislative session

A1765 - Various Drone Regulations
2018-2019

Would implement various drone regulations:

  • Would require drones to be flown in accordance with FAA regulations.
  • Would introduce limits on flying drones near critical infrastructure and correctional facilities.
  • Would make it illegal to use a drone to aid in hunting.
  • Would make it illegal to operate a drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Note: Same as A5205/S3370 from prior legislative session

S1463 - Law Enforcement
2018-2019

Would place limits on law enforcement usage of drones.

A1739/S577 - Weaponization
2018-2019

Would make it illegal to operate a drone equipped with a weapon.

Note: Same as A3389/S465 from prior legislative session.

A2383 - Geofencing
2016-2017

Would require all drones operated in the state to be equipped with “geofencing” technology which prevents flight over 500 feet or within 2 miles of protected airspace.

Other Notes

Other Notes regarding the usage of drones in the state of New Jersey.

SR 35 - Urging FAA Restrictions
217

Official resolution urging the FAA to expand restrictions on flights of unmanned aerial vehicles.

AR270 - FAA Drone Test Sites
2017

Resolution urging the President and U.S. Congress to fund the FAA Drone Test Site program.

Town of Tom's River - Municipal Law
2017

Town officials repealed previous drone ban following pushback from residents.

Multiple New Jersey Universities - Drone Research
2016

Multiple New Jersey universities are researching and developing various uses for drones. State officials believe that this research will help create jobs and boost the local economy, and are considering incentives for universities that pursue drone-related research.

SR35/AR78 - Resolution Urging FAA Regulation
2016

Resolution urging the FAA to pass further restrictions on drones, specifically to further restrict flight over populated areas and sporting events.

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Restricted Airspace Map

The map below shows airspace is that is prohibited, restricted, or cautionary for drone flight. Click on a specific area for further details, including contact information for local air control towers. This map contains data from the FAA and may not fully reflect the local laws listed above.

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