Drone Laws in Nevada (2020)
A list of drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Nevada.
Nevada Drone Regulations
Federal Drone Laws in Nevada
These are drone laws that apply to every state in the U.S., including Nevada, and were created by the federal government.
To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Nevada (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 Nevada (i.e. for fun / pleasure) you are required to follow the FAA’s recreational model aircraft rules. One of those rules is that if your drone weighs more than 0.55 lbs (250g), you’ll need to pay $5 to get it registered over here. And there are additional rules when it comes to airspace and altitude, keeping your drone within line-of-sight while you’re flying, and more.
To fly a drone as a government employee in the state of Nevada (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 Nevada
These are drone laws that apply to the entire state of Nevada, and were created by the Nevada Legislature.
This law prohibits the weaponization of UAS, and the use of UAS within a certain distance of critical facilities and airports without permission. This law also specifies restrictions on the use of UAS by law enforcement and public agencies, and requires the creation of a registry of all UAS operated by public agencies in the state.
All drone pilots operating commercially in the state of Nevada 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 Nevada? 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 Nevada 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 Nevada? To get great shots like these!
Local Drone Laws in Nevada
These are drone laws that apply only to certain regions, cities, or counties within the state of Nevada, and were created by various authorities within the state.
This city ordinance prohibits the use of all aircraft including drones within any city park property including park parking lots.
Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Nevada
UAV Coach offers in-person training in select cities in Nevada. The 2-hour, 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.
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 Las Vegas.
Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Nevada? Here you go: