Drone Laws in Colorado (2018)

A list of drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Colorado.

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Federal Drone Laws in Colorado

These are drone laws that apply to every state in the U.S., including Colorado, and were created by the federal government.

To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Colorado (i.e. for work / business purposes) you are required to follow the requirements of the FAA’s Part 107 Small UAS Rule (Part 107), which includes passing the FAA’s Aeronautical Knowledge Test to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate.

To fly a drone as a hobbyist in the state of Colorado (i.e. for fun / pleasure) you are required to register your drone with the FAA and follow the FAA’s Special Rule for Model Aircraft.

To fly a drone as a government employee in the state of Colorado (i.e., for a police or fire department) you may either operate under the FAA’s Part 107 rule or obtain a federal Certificate of Authorization (COA).

Note: The content on this page is meant for informational purposes only, and is not meant to take the place of legal counsel.

State Drone Laws in Colorado

These are drone laws that apply to the entire state of Colorado, and were created by the Colorado General Assembly.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado General Assembly there is only one state-wide law concerning drones in the state of Colorado.

HB 1070 // 2017

This law requires the Center of Excellence within the Department of Public Safety to perform a study to identify ways to integrate UAS within local and state government functions relating to firefighting, search and rescue, accident reconstruction, crime scene documentation, emergency management, and emergencies involving significant property loss, injury or death. This law also creates a pilot program, requiring the deployment of at least one team of UAS operators to a region of the state that has been designated as a fire hazard where they will be trained on the use of UAS for the above specified functions.

All drone pilots operating commercially in the state of Colorado are subject to the FAA’s Part 107 rules. Learn more about the FAA’s certification process to obtain a commercial drone license in this free guide.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Colorado? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com. We do our best to keep this list up-to-date, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how municipal governments are responding, drone regulations in Colorado can change throughout the year, and changes can be hard to track.  If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

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Why fly a drone in Colorado? To get great shots like these!

Local Drone Laws in Colorado

These are drone laws that apply only to certain regions, cities, or counties within the state of Colorado, and were created by various authorities within the state.

Village of Cherry Hills – Municipal Law

This town ordinance requires that all drones be registered with the FAA and follow FAA guidelines. This ordinance also prohibits drones from flying over city property, including public streets, trails, parks, and public buildings.

Town of Telluride – Municipal Law

This town ordinance requires drone users to be approved by the town or private property owners before flying over private or city property. This ordinance also prohibits flying a drone in a way that endangers wildlife and people; in a reckless manner; or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other controlled substances.

City of Denver – Municipal Law

Although we haven’t been able to find the legislation, a community member informed us that the city of Denver has a ban on drones in all city parks (he was flying in Red Rocks, and had a Ranger inform him that breaking the penalty could lead to fine of $1,000). Although we can’t find the law, we have confirmed that the official Red Rocks website lists drones as being prohibited. We recommend not flying in any city parks in Denver.

Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Colorado? Here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMX4RpiUNoU