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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Permits

Welcome to the Port of Long Beach’s online resource for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) permits.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the busiest seaports in the world with thousands of containers and other cargo moving in and out of its terminals every day. Our staff is available to assist you with permit requests while preserving the Port’s primary objectives: to facilitate goods movement, build and maintain world-class facilities and provide a safe and secure port complex. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

Effective October 26, 2017, and in accordance with Port Tariff Rule 737, all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drone takeoffs and landings within the Port require a permit that is issued by the Director of Security.

To apply for a permit, please fill out the online application form or contact Security Division Administration at (562) 283-7818 or via email at . We are open Monday-Friday 7:30 am. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Companies or individuals engaged in taking still photographs, filming or conducting a special event within the Port of Long Beach for commercial purposes are required to apply for a Filming/Special Events Permit. A Filming/Special Events permit may be obtained through the Tenant Services Division.

Members of the news media or those seeking to film or photograph Port facilities for non-commercial use should read our Public Photography and Filming Policy.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Sections 331-336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95, Sections 331 (9) and 336) regulate public (governmental), civil (non-governmental) and model aircraft (recreational) use of UAS, or drones.

FAA Rule 107 (14 CFR Part 107) defines and regulates public (governmental) and civil (non-governmental) drone operations.

If you have a general question, comment or complaint about UAS, please contact the FAA via email at or call (844) FLY-MY-UA.

If you have questions or issues specifically about UAS registration, please contact the UAS Registration Help Desk at or call (877) 396-4636

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