Paradise Valley becomes first town in Arizona to regulate drones

- Paradise Valley officials made an unprecedented move by becoming the first city in Arizona to ban drones.

This really has become a hot-button issue. Not only here in Arizona, but all over the country.

Attorney James Arrowood, who has handled drone cases, believes this decision is a good one.

"Ultimately, this ordinance is for the protection of the privacy of the residents of Paradise Valley and I think the mayor and the town attorney have done a good job with that because they account for personal privacy by saying in the ordinance that hey if you're a hobbyist, just keep your drone and your camera, just limit it to private property," he said.

The ordinance has three sectors: private, commercial and public, each with their own terms and conditions. For example, commercial users need to register their aircraft with the town.

"For instance, a wedding photographer, somebody using it for real estate, they just have to let the town law enforcement know who they are and what they're doing," explained Arrowood.

But not everyone has been on board with the ordinance. One major cause of concern was conflicting restrictions with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, but Arrowood says because of savvy planning on behalf of the town, that shouldn't be an issue.

"The good news is, the town attorney and the mayor, they actually looked at the FAA rules and the proposed rules and they tried to make this law coordinate with them."

For commerical use, we're told registering is very simple. It can be done on the town's web site and on the same day that you wish to use it.


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