Drone Use Policies

The use of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), also referred to as "drones," may vary among different departments within the City of Eugene. Therefore, each participating department has created a specific policy to establish guidelines for safe, efficient and lawful operations of drones.


How Drones May Be Used

This far-reaching technology may be used for, but is not limited to:


  • Protect the lives and property of citizens and first responders
  • Enhance situational awareness during emergency response
  • Inspect facilities, assets, infrastructure and natural resources
  • Enhance services provided to the community

Drones will always be operated in a constitutionally and legally sound manner that respects and protects the privacy and civil liberties of all. Safety is the primary concern in each and every operation.


City of Eugene Drone Policies and Contacts



The City of Eugene’s Administrative Policy Manual requires each participating department to adopt a department-specific policy. Eugene City Council subsequently approved Administrative Order 21-19-03 to repeal previous policies and validate the updated policies above.