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Drone Laws in Georgia (2019)

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

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Federal Drone Laws in Georgia

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

To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Georgia (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 Georgia (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 Georgia (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 Georgia

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

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia has one state-wide law concerning the use of drones in the state.

HB 481 // 2017

This law pre-empts local governments in the state from creating UAS regulations after April 1, 2017. This law also allows the regulation of the launch or landing of UAS on public property by the state or local government.

All drone pilots operating commercially in the state of Georgia 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 Georgia? 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 Georgia 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 Georgia? To get great shots like these!

Local Drone Laws in Georgia

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

City of Conyers—Municipal Law // 2017

This city ordinance prohibits the use of drones within the boundaries of the city horse park, as well as the Cherokee Run Golf Course.

City of Augusta—Municipal Law // 2016

This city ordinance prohibits drone operations in populated areas within the limits of Richmond County without prior authorization from the FAA and the Augusta, Georgia Commission. An exception to this prohibition is the existing model aircraft field at the intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Horseshoe Road, as well as any other model aircraft field later approved by the Augusta Georgia Commission.

Cherokee County—Municipal Law // 2016

This city ordinance establishes that drones can only be flown in areas specifically designated for them.

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Georgia

UAV Coach offers in-person training in select cities in Georgia. The 90-minute, in-person training class provides hands-on flight time with an instructor, practice with intelligent flight modes, and education on what to do before, during, and after a flight mission to stay compliant and safe. During the class, you’ll also get a chance to ask your questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more.

Sign up for an in-person drone flight training class in Georgia.

Looking to get in more practice flying your drone? In addition to taking a drone flight training class with one of our trained instructors, you can also scout out safe and legal places to fly on your own using our guide to the Best Places to Fly a Drone in Atlanta, GA.

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