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.010 Unless otherwise authorized by federal law, the following shall apply to the operation of any Model Aircraft within the City of Anaheim:
.0101 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft in a manner that interferes with police or fire operations including, but not limited to, efforts to control, contain, or extinguish a fire from the air. It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft over or within 500 feet measured horizontally of an active police or fire investigation, including a crime scene, traffic collision, or fire incident, or over or within 1,000 feet measured horizontally of a wildfire incident or operations.
.0102 It is unlawful to operate within 1,000 feet measured horizontally of or into a fireworks production.
.0103 It is unlawful to operate any Model Aircraft carrying or equipped with anything other than a camera, video camera, or related image or audio capturing equipment.
.0104 It is unlawful to hover in place over private property without first obtaining permission from the property owner and/or the property tenant.
.0105 It is unlawful to take pictures or videos or record sounds of individuals, homes, businesses, or property that are in an enclosed area from public view such as fenced backyards or the interior of any structure unless written expressed permission is obtained from the individual, property owner(s) or manager(s), or tenant(s) thereof.
.0106 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft within 1,000 feet measured horizontally from the property line at Angel Stadium, the Honda Center, the Anaheim Convention Center, Disneyland, California Adventure Park, or any other public or private accommodation or venue where more than 1,000 people are reasonably estimated to be in attendance.
.020 Unless otherwise authorized by federal law, the following shall apply to the operation of any Model Aircraft or Civil UAS within the City of Anaheim:
.0201 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft or Civil UAS in a manner that interferes with a manned aircraft, and Model Aircraft or Civil UAS shall always give way to a manned aircraft.
.0202 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft or Civil UAS within the controlled airspace of any airport without the prior express authorization of the airport control tower.
.0203 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft or Civil UAS higher than 400 feet above ground level.
.0204 Model Aircraft and Civil UAS, when operating outdoors, shall only fly during daylight hours, which are defined as between official sunrise and official sunset, local time.
.0205 It is unlawful to operate Model Aircraft or Civil UAS over moving vehicles or unprotected persons, or in any way which interferes with vehicle traffic, or across a street with more than two lanes. It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft of Civil UAS less than 100 feet away measured horizontally from any individual other than the operator or the operator's helper(s).
.0206 It is unlawful to operate Model Aircraft or Civil UAS within 1,000 feet measured horizontally of or in the airspace above any water delivery facility, reservoir, storage tank, pump station, treatment or intake facility, or any electric generating facility, substation or control center, or any electric transmission or distribution facility, or within 100 feet of any overhead wire, cable, conveyor, or similar equipment for the distribution of electricity or power, upon or along any public way or utility easement within the city, without the facility or equipment owner's consent, and subject to any restrictions that the facility or equipment owner may place on such operation.
.0207 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft or Civil UAS while the operator is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
.0208 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft or Civil UAS beyond the visual line of sight of the operator. The operator must use his or her own natural vision without enhancement other than by corrective lenses prescribed for the operator. Individuals other than the operator may not be used in lieu of the operator for maintaining visual line of sight. Visual line of sight means the operator has an unobstructed view of the Model Aircraft or Civil UAS. The use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, infra-red or low-light cameras, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles or other devices designed to provide a "first-person view" from the Model Aircraft or Civil UAS, do not constitute the visual line of sight of the operator. It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft or Civil UAS when the operator is on or in a moving vehicle.
.0209 It is unlawful to operate a Model Aircraft or Civil UAS in a manner that is reckless or careless and endangers the safety of other persons or their property. The standard for careless or reckless operation shall be the same as the standard set forth in federal statutes or regulations governing aeronautics including, but not limited to, Federal Aviation Rule 91.13.
.0210 It is unlawful to operate any Model Aircraft or Civil UAS in violation of any temporary flight restriction (TFR), Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), or any other flight restriction issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or any other federal or state statute or regulation governing aeronautics.
.0211 It is unlawful to operate a Civil UAS for Commercial Purposes in the City unless the operator has first obtained a City business license for such commercial flight operation purposes.
.030 It shall be unlawful for any person to violate or fail to comply with this chapter. Any Person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in Section 1.01.370 (Violations of Code – Penalty) of Chapter 1.01 (Code Adoption and Construction).
.040 Operations authorized by the FAA – Exception. Notwithstanding the prohibitions set forth in this section, nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit, limit, or otherwise restrict any person or operator who is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate any Model Aircraft, Civil UAS, or Public UAS in City air space pursuant to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 or a certificate of waiver, certificate of authorization, or airworthiness certificate under Section 44704 of Title 49 of the United States Code or other Federal Aviation Administration grant of authority for a specific flight operation(s), from conducting such operation(s) in accordance with the authority granted by the Federal Aviation Administration. (Ord. 6442 § 1 (part); August 14, 2018.)