Permit Guide

The State of Wisconsin does not require general permits for filming, however if you are filming in any public location or if your production may impede on a public area, special event permits may be required.

Use the chart below as a guide.


Drone Filming

Federal Drone Laws in Wisconsin

  • These drone laws created by the federal government apply to every state in the U.S., including Wisconsin.
  • To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Wisconsin (i.e. for work / business purposes) you are required to follow the requirements of the FAA’s Part 107 Small UAS Rule (Part 107), which includes passing the FAA’s Aeronautical Knowledge Test to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate.


State Drone Laws in Wisconsin

These drone laws created by Wisconsin legislature apply to the entire state of Wisconsin.

  • SB 338 // 2016 – This law prohibits using a drone to interfere with hunting, fishing or trapping.
  • AB 670 // 2016 – This law prohibits the operation of UAS over correctional facilities. 
  • Drones are not allowed in Wisconsin’s state parks according to the following code:Wis. Adm. Code ch. NR 45.04(1)(c)

Learn more about the FAA’s certification process to obtain a commercial drone license in this free guide:


Local Drone Laws in Wisconsin

These are drone laws that apply only to certain regions, cities, or counties within the state of Wisconsin, and were created by various authorities within the state.


Town of Greenfield—Municipal Ordinance // 2017

City of Hudson—Municipal Ordinance // 2017

City of Chetek—Municipal Law // 2016

Outagamie County—Municipal Law // 2016

City of Green Bay—Municipal Law // 2013