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.

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)