All Federal, State, and community agencies/organizations within Oregon require production companies to provide a certificate of insurance prior to filming within their jurisdiction. The amount of coverage required varies by municipality.
The state of Oregon requires a minimum liability coverage of $4 million, naming the agency/organization and its employees as additionally insured. A hold harmless clause is also required.
The Use of Drones
The flying of drones for commercial purposes is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) throughout the United States. Therefore, the flight of drones for commercial purposes without specific FAA approval violates current FAA regulations.
If you intend to use drones, it is up to you to verify that the drone operator you engage is authorized by the FAA and any applicable state law to operate drones. It is also up to you to verify that such authorization is for the purpose for which you engage the drone operator. This is an important detail because while operators may be granted an exemption to operate drones for motion picture, television and new media filming, still photography and ”aerial cinematography,” there are also exemptions for other purposes not related to filming, such as aerial surveillance of pipelines, crops, real estate, etc. as well as verify if other permits, exceptions or permissions are needed for your specific use as may be mandated by the FAA or other applicable law.
As a courtesy, Oregon Film maintains a list of Oregon-based operators who have been granted (via Section 333) an exemption by the FAA for filming with drones (i.e, unmanned aerial systems or UAS). The updated list is available by clicking on the link below. However, it is important to note that just because a company has been granted an exemption, that does not necessarily mean it can legally fly a drone for commercial filming purposes. Also, it is possible that an operator on the list may lose its exemption or other authorization to operate drones and that change may not be reflected in the latest update.
Again, it is up to you to make sure that the drone operator you engage lawfully may provide the service.
In Oregon, House Bill 2710 was passed in 2015 which requires Oregon public bodies to register Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA). Contact ODA directly via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As the FAA continues to grant exemptions at a faster rate, it's difficult for Oregon Film to keep the list current. Therefore, if you're looking for a specific drone operator who's not on the list, please check its exemption status by visiting the FAA's website directly.
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Frequently Asked Questions
- Summary of Major Provisions for the FAA’s Proposed Rules for UAS
- Preemption of local laws regulating drones (State of Oregon)
- Approved Test Flight Centers in Oregon
- Aerial Technology International, LLC
Clackamas, OR 97015
- Central Oregon Aerial Surveying
- Halo Aviation, LLC
Aerial photography and videography
- Discovery Management Group, LLC
West Linn, OR
Aerial mapping to enhance academic community awareness, augment real estate listing videos, filmmaking, golf course mapping, agricultural mapping, and photogrammetry
- Mr. Michael Bethers
Aerial photography and videography for real estate
- Vertical Imagery LLC
Aerial data collection and research
- Mr. Eugene Lew
Aerial photography and videography (Real Estate)
- Precision Unmanned Aerial, LLC
West Linn, OR
Aerial photography for yachts, land surveying, real estate, and, search operations
- Aerial Photography and Survey LLC
Operations for the agriculture, aerial photography, construction, inspection, surveying, and wildlife preservation industries
- SkyWard IO, Inc.
Research and development of sUAS and associated sUAS software within defined areas of operations
- VDOS Global, LLC
Aerial inspection, training, and flight demonstration
- HeliTek NW
Aerial videography and cinematography to enhance academic community awareness
- Pacific Aviation, LLC
Cottage Grove, OR
Aerial surveying, remote sensing, precision agriculture, aerial photography, wildlife and natural resource monitoring, and educational/multidisciplinary research
- Aerial Technology International
Aerial film and videography, photography, agricultural mapping, surveying, and infrastructure inspections
Aerial real estate photography