Wisconsin UAS Laws

  
 
Note on Federal vs State Laws:

Federal airspace laws take precedence over state drone laws. If a state or local law directly conflicts with FAA regulations, the state or local law is likely to be invalidated. 

 

Definitions:

Drone" means a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human
operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, and can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely. A drone may be expendable or recoverable.

 
 
Statutes/Bills:

114.04 Flying and landing, limitations.

114.045 Limitation on the operation of drones.(correctional institutions)

  1. No person may operate a drone, as defined in s. 114.105 (1) (a), over a state correctional institution, as defined in s. 301.01 (4), including any grounds of the institution.
  2. Any person who violates above rule may be required to forfeit not more than $5,000. 

114.105  Local regulation.

175.55  Use of drones restricted.

  1. No person may operate a drone, as defined in s. 114.105 (1) (a), over a state correctional institution, as defined in s. 301.01 (4), including any grounds of the institution.
  2. Any person who violates sub. (1) may be required to forfeit not more than $5,000.
  3. A law enforcement officer investigating an alleged violation of sub. (1) shall seize and transfer to the department of corrections any photograph, motion picture other visual representation, or data that represents a visual image that was created or recorded by a drone during an alleged violation of sub. (1).

941.292  Possession of a weaponized drone.

Whoever operates any weaponized drone is guilty of a Class H felony. This subsection does not apply to a member of the U.S. armed forces or national guard acting in his or her official capacity.

 

942.10  Use of a drone.

Use of a drone with the intention to photograph, record or otherwise observe an individual in a place where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy a Class A misdemeanor. The statute does not apply to the authorized use of a drone by law enforcement officers. 

 

   
Join our monthly newsletter