Drone Laws in New Jersey (2018)

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

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Federal Drone Laws in New Jersey

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

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

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

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

SB 3370 // 2017

This law:

  • Allows UAS operation that are consistent with federal law.
  • Specifies that UAS owners or operators of critical infrastructure may apply to the FAA to prohibit or restrict operation of UAS near the critical infrastructure.
  • Establishes that operating a UAS in a manner that endangers the life or property of another is a disorderly persons offense.
  • Establishes that it is a fourth degree crime if a person “knowingly or intentionally creates or maintains a condition which endangers the safety or security of a correctional facility by operating an unmanned aircraft system on the premises of or in close proximity to that facility.”
  • Makes it a criminal offense to operate a UAS in a way that interferes with a first responder.
  • Defines operating a UAS under the influence of drugs or with a BAC of .08 percent as a disorderly persons offense.
  • Pre-empts local governments from regulating UAS in any way that is inconsistent with this law.

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

Local Drone Laws in New Jersey

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

Ramapo Indian Hills—Municipal Law // 2016

This city ordinance prohibits the use of drones on or above school grounds.

Bernards Township—Municipal Law // 2015

This city ordinance prohibits the use of drones in or over any park or recreation facility.

Chatham Township—Municipal Ordinance // 2015

This city ordinance prohibits the use of drones in public airspace under 400 feet.

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in New Jersey

UAV Coach offers in-person training in select cities in New Jersey. 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 New Jersey.

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