January 14, 2021

28 | Utah

Score: 34/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 0/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 10/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 0/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 20/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 4/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Utah law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators because landowners know the extent of their property rights.
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: Utah gets full points. The state has a drone program office and staff within the Division of Aeronautics of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The program aims to educate the public about drone technology and encourage commercial drone services in the state.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Utah law does not allow public authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above public roads and public property. Such a law would allow state or local authorities to create drone highways above roadways.
  • Avigation Easement Law: Utah law does not create an avigation easement, which means drone operators may be subject to nuisance and trespass laws, even if their drones do not disturb people on the ground.
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: Utah has 7.3 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the bottom half of states.

These factors make Utah the 28th most drone-friendly state in the country.