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Drone Laws in Minnesota (2018)

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

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Federal Drone Laws in Minnesota

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

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

These are drone laws that apply to the entire state of Minnesota, and were created by the Minnesota Legislature.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota has one state-wide law concerning the use of drones in the state.

SF 550 // 2017

This law appropriates $348,000 to assess the use of UAS in natural resource monitoring of moose populations and changes in ecosystems.

In addition to the above law, MN DOT Aeronautics Rules Chapter 8800 requires all commercial drone operators in the state to pay a $30 licensing fee to obtain a Commercial Operations License. MN DOT also requires commercial operators to hold drone insurance. Learn more about all of MN DOT’s requirements for commercial drone operators on their UAS/Drones webpage.

All drone pilots operating commercially in the state of Minnesota 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 Minnesota? 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 Minnesota can change throughout the year, and changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

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

Local Drone Laws in Minnesota

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

Anoka County—Municipal Ordinance // 2018

This city ordinance requires drone operators to secure a special use permit from the parks department to fly a drone over county parks.

Town of St. Bonifacius—Municipal Law // 2013

This city ordinance bans drones in all city public airspace.

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Minnesota

UAV Coach offers in-person training in select cities in Minnesota. 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 Minnesota.

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