Chicago Drone Laws

What’s going on guys? In this one we’re staying local and talking about the ban on drones in Chicago. There’s been a buzz going around subreddits and Facebook groups for the past couple of weeks about a ban on drones in Chicago. Before I get into that. For those that aren’t familiar Chicago’s brief history with drones. I’m going to walk a quick Chicago timeline as it relates to drones. In 2014 Illinois general assembly passed the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act. It basically Placed limits on law enforcement’s use of drones.

In November of 2015 the city of Chicago passed the Chicago drone ordinance. For the most part it mirrored FAA Part 107 rules. Also in november 2015 the Chicago City Council Approved a Ban On Drones and prohibited the flying of drones within 5 miles of the city’s airports And created no-fly zones over churches, schools, hospitals, police stations and private property without the owner’s consent.

Fast forward to September 2017 and the Commissioners passed an ordinance banning drones from Cook County property. This included Stroger Hospital, Cook County Jail and other county properties. lastly this month Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a bill that would amend the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, Passed in 2014, To permit police to fly surveillance drones over “large scale events”.


Ok, now that we’re all caught up and on the same page and politics aside about our mayors move. So with that, there’s nothing new as it relates to a ban on drones in Chicago. At least nothing that I’ve been able to come up with. The only drone activity I’m seeing at this time, is again mayor Emanuel’s bill to amend the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act.

If you want to do some reading, I’ve included links to all the bans, bills and acts that I’ve mentioned in the comment section of the video. Well that’s it for me on this one. I hope it helped. Let me know what you’ve heard if anything. As always, subscribe, Comment, like, follow, share. More importantly, fly safe. Peaaaace.