The town of Paradise Valley, Arizona, passed the first drone ordinance of any Arizona city. The city’s press release states:
“The Paradise Valley Town Council adopted an ordinance on December 3, 2015 regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones). The ordinance was drafted in response to resident concerns regarding public safety and privacy. The adopted regulations attempt to balance the competing interests of privacy and safety concerns with the appropriate use of UAV technology for both recreational and commercial use. The ordinance regulates three types of users: commercial, recreational, and emergency.
Commercial users must register with the Town providing identifying information about the aircraft used. Additionally, they must provide notification of the date, time, and location of each flight. Both the registration and notice of flights may be done quickly online and there is no fee to register. It is required that the Notice of Flight form be submitted at least four (4) hours prior to the commercial flight.The purpose of the online notice and registration is to allow residents who witness a UAV flying near their property to contact the Police Department to learn the purpose of the flight and the estimated end time of the flight. If residents have concerns that the UAV is operating in an unsafe manner, they may pass that information on to the police who can contact the responsible party.