Drone Laws

Wisconsin State Law
“Drone” defined

175.55 (1) (a) “Drone” means a powered, aerial vehicle that carries or is equipped with a device that, in analog, digital, or other form, gathers, records, or transmits a sound or image, 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.

941.292(2) Weaponized Drone Prohibited
Whoever operates any weaponized drone is guilty of a Class H felony.

114.045 Drone Flight Over Correctional Facilities Prohibited

 (1) No person may operate a drone, as defined in s. 114.105 (1) (a) [s. 941.292 (1)], over a correctional institution, as defined in s. 801.02 (7) (a) 1., including any grounds of the institution.

 (2) Any person who violates sub. (1) may be required to forfeit not more than $5,000.

 (Privacy Protected) Whoever uses a drone, as defined in s. 175.55 (1) (a), with the intent to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another individual in a place or location where the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy is guilty of Class A misdemeanor.

*This section does not apply to a law enforcement officer authorized to use a drone pursuant to s. 175.55 (2).


City of Green Bay “Drone Ordinance”


(1) SPECIAL EVENT DEFINED. For purposes of this subsection, Special Event shall have the same meaning as defined under Green Bay Municipal Code 6.201(9).

(2) PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to fly or operate a drone as defined in Wis. Stat. 175.55(1)(a), below an altitude of 400 feet within the designated boundaries of a special event during the scheduled time of the event. This subsection shall not apply to authorized law enforcement agencies or operators having obtained approval from the event organizer or from the Federal Aviation Administration.

6.201 (9) Special Event Defined*

 An athletic event, ceremony, demonstration, exhibition, march, pageant, parade, procession, race, show or other similar display which interferes with the normal flow or regulation of traffic upon the streets, sidewalks, or rights-of-
way, or the normal use of parks or other public grounds.
*The City of Green Bay municipal code website appears out of date. The special event definition is listed under section 6.15 (1) (f).
A list of events can be obtained from the City of Green Bay Risk Management Dept. at 920-448-3125

Federal Regulations 

The FAA has jurisdiction over the National Airspace. Please refer to “Know Before You Fly” for FAA rules pertaining to drones.

Recreational users follow these guidelines: 91-57A

Commercial Drone Operation:  Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA)

How to Apply for a 333 Exemption:


Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR)

All aircraft are subject to Temporary Flight Restrictions

–The vicinity of disaster/hazard areas

–For Presidential and VIP movement

–Operations in the proximity of Space Flight Operations

–In the vicinity of aerial demonstrations and major sporting events

  • Restrictions go into effect one hour before the event and end one hour after the event.
  • Extends to 3 nautical miles from the stadium center.
  • Extends from the surface to 3000 feet AGL.
  • Applies to any stadium having a seating capacity of 30,000 or more people where either a regular or post season Major League Baseball, National Football League, or NCAA Division One football game is occurring.
  • Also applies to NASCAR, Sprint Cup, INDY Car and Champ Series races excluding qualifying and per-race
  • events.