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How long does it take to process a permit?
Permits require 10 business days to process from the date a completed application is submitted.

What is the standard process for obtaining a permit?

  1. A Permit Application Form is submitted by the Pilot in Command. The application is reviewed for completeness. Additional information may be requested from applicants, if necessary.
  2. Insurance requirements are determined by the Risk Manager and these requirements provided to the applicant within two (2) business days of submittal of a complete application.
  3. Application is routed to Port Divisions for review. Additional information may be requested from applicants based on input from other Port Divisions.
  4. Applicant submits all required insurance documentation to Risk Management for review and approval.
  5. Upon approval of the Director of Security a formal Permit Agreement is prepared.
  6. Applicant pays the $100 application fee.
  7. Applicant signed the Permit Agreement.
  8. When the Director of Security signs the Permit Agreement, the permit is in effect.


Why does the Port make insurance so difficult?
It is not the Port’s intention to make insurance requirements difficult. Insurance requirements are determined by assessing risk on behalf of the Port, Port tenants, Port operations, and protecting Port assets.

Why doesn’t the Port accept ACORD or other certificates of insurance?
The Port does not accept ACORD or other certificates of insurance because they do not guarantee coverage, provide for indemnification of the Port, nor do they guarantee notification of cancellation. For example, ACORD certificates of insurance explicitly state: "This certificate is issued as a matter of information only and confers no rights upon the certificate holder. This certificate does not amend, extend or alter the coverage afforded by the policies below."

Why do we have to submit originals of insurance documentation?
We no longer require forms bearing wet signatures. We accept e-mail or fax copies of Port Special Endorsement Forms and/or certified copies of insurance policies as long as they are legible.

What happens if the Permittee changes plans or equipment for UAS takeoff or landing activity after a permit has been issued and/or on-site notification has been approved?
The changes must be documented in a revised permit application form or revised on-site notification form as applicable. The review and approval process starts over for the revised activity.

Is there a list of available space for UAS takeoff and landing within the Port?
No, there is not such a list. The Port is a perpetual construction site, and as such, UAS activity acceptable in certain locations on a given day may not be acceptable on another date. With activity at the Port changing from day to day, it would be impossible to maintain such a list.

How do we work with the Port and its tenants?
If applicants want to take off and/or land a UAS on a leased area, they must first contact the lease holder directly and secure written permission. A permit for UAS takeoff and landing will still need to be issued by the Director of Security.



Which terminals allow UAS takeoff and landing on their premises?
Contact tenants directly to inquire about UAS takeoff and landing on leased premises. A list of terminal operators is available by clicking here.

Does a tenant of the Port of Long Beach need a permit for UAS takeoffs and landings on their leased property?
Yes. A permit for UAS takeoff and landing will need to be issued by the Director of Security.

Why are UAS takeoff and landing permits at the Port so cost prohibitive?
Fees assessed to issue a permit cover staff time. Insurance requirements serve to protect Port assets and tenant business interests.

Why doesn’t the Port say "yes" or "no" to requests upon initial contact?
The Port makes every effort to accommodate requests for UAS takeoff and landing. This decision cannot be made during initial contact, since we do not have a clear understanding of all activity, dates, times, locations and how they will impact Port assets, on-going projects or tenant operations.

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