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Insurance Requirements & Tips

The Port of Long Beach accepts proof of insurance using the following two methods:

  1. Port Special Endorsement Forms: Blank forms can be located here.
  2. Certified copies of complete insurance policies containing the insurance terms and conditions required as a condition of the UAS Permit. Please note that it may take additional time to review insurance policies.

Certificates of insurance (e.g. ACORD) are NOT accepted.


Minimum Requirements: Following are the minimum insurance requirements for UAS takeoff and landing in the Port. Please note that additional types of insurance may be required, and the limits of the minimum requirements may be higher depending on the proposed activity. For questions regarding insurance limits, please contact Risk Management at (562) 283-7475, or Security Division Administration at (562) 283-7818 or .

  • General Liability: $1 million per occurrence, coverage to include bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage (at the discretion of the Port)
  • Aircraft Liability:$2 million per occurrence, coverage to include bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage
  • Auto Liability: $500,000 per occurrence (at the discretion of the Port)

Permittee, at its cost, shall procure and maintain in full force and effect, during the permitted activities, types and amounts of insurance determined by the Executive Director of the Long Beach Harbor Department ("Executive Director") to be appropriate in view of the risks inherent in the UAS takeoff and Landing activity and the need to protect the public's health, safety, and welfare. Permittee shall furnish an endorsement on forms approved by the City or certified copies of the policies evidencing such insurance to the Executive Director. The insurance shall be placed with insurers that have an A.M. Best Company rating of or equivalent to A-:VII. Any deductibles or self-insured retentions must be declared to and approved by the Executive Director prior to the issuance of the Permit.

Required Indemnification: Please note that the Permittee will be required to agree to the following Indemnification as a condition of the Permit:

Permittee shall indemnify, protect and hold harmless City, the Board of Harbor Commissioners, and their officials, employees, and agents ("Indemnified Parties"), from and against any and all liability, claims, demands, damage, loss, obligations, causes of action, proceedings, awards, fines, judgments, penalties, costs and expenses, including attorneys' fees, court costs, expert and witness fees, and other costs and fees of litigation, arising or alleged to have arisen, in whole or in part, out of or in connection with Permittee's use of the premises or the permitted activities, whether such use or activities be made or performed by Permittee, its officers, agents, or employees, or by any person or persons acting with the knowledge and consent, expressed or implied, of Permittee, and regardless of whether any act, omission, or negligence of the Indemnified Parties or any of them contributed thereto (collectively "Claims" or individually "Claim").

  • a) In addition to Permittee's duty to indemnify, Permittee shall have a separate and wholly independent duty to defend Indemnified Parties at Permittee's expense by legal counsel approved by City, from and against all Claims, and shall continue this defense until the Claims are resolved, whether by settlement, judgment or otherwise. No finding or judgment of negligence, fault, breach, or the like on the part of Permittee shall be required for the duty to defend to arise. City shall notify Permittee of any Claim, shall tender the defense of the Claim to Permittee, and shall assist Permittee, as may be reasonably requested, in the defense.
  • b) If a court of competent jurisdiction determines that a Claim was caused by the sole negligence or willful misconduct of Indemnified Parties, Permittee's costs of defense and indemnity shall be (1) reimbursed in full if the court determines sole negligence by the Indemnified Parties, or (2) reduced by the percentage of willful misconduct attributed by the court to the Indemnified Parties.

Insurance Submission Tips:

  • Altered Port Special Endorsement Forms will not be accepted.
  • An authorized insurance representative (broker or underwriter) must sign and date each endorsement form.
  • All insurance coverage must be primary with respect to the City of Long Beach.
  • All insurance companies must be rated A-:VII or better by AM Best (www.ambest.com).
  • For each type of coverage, be sure to list the full dollar amount of the liability limits (e.g. hundreds, thousands, millions), and any applicable aggregate.
  • For claims made policies, be sure to list the retroactive date of the policy.
  • If insurance deductibles or self-insured retentions are over $50,000 (except Auto Liability) please submit two years of certified audited financial statements for review. The statements should include:
    • a) balance sheet
    • b) income statement (aka statement of revenue and expenses)
    • c) statement of cash flow.
  • If audited statements are not available, the financial statements should be accompanied by a letter from a company officer stating the accuracy of the documents. The letter must be on company letterhead.
  • If insurance is provided by a parent company, the endorsement forms should note in the “Other Provisions” section that the insurance is being provided by the parent company on behalf of the Pilot in Command.

      If you have questions about submitting proof of insurance, please contact Risk Management at (562) 283-7475, or Security Division Administration at (562) 283-7818 and


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