City May Consider Drone Legislation


At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, November 4, 2019, Monica Stark, Council At Large, asked the law director if he was familiar with drone legislation and if Vermilion City Council should start looking at an ordinance.

Ken Stumphauzer, Law Director, replied that this is an interesting topic and he understands that once drones leave the ground they are regulated by the FAA. He didn’t think it was a bad idea to have an ordinance.

“It would be more along the lines of not flying them in proximity of a house so nobody is videotaping somebody inside of a house,” stated Stumphauzer, “and not flying them where they can impede traffic or prevent an obstacle.”

Stark asked if the law department could draft legislation. Stumphauzer believed there were some modeled ordinances that other communities adopted, so they will look for those and will put something together and forward it to the Council Clerk who can share it with council.