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UAS Takeoff and Landing Permit Instructions

Read these instructions carefully before filling out the permit application.


  1. Permits for UAS takeoffs and landings may only be issued to the Pilot in Command. The permit application form and all insurance must be in the name of the Pilot in Command of the UAS.
  2. Permits for UAS takeoffs and landings require ten (10) business days to process. Please file your application as early as possible.
  3. Please be as detailed as possible when describing your proposed activities. Any UAS takeoff or landing activity not included in your application will not be allowed.
  4. A formal permit agreement must be approved by the Director of Security prior to any UAS takeoffs or landings. The permittee must have the approved permit agreement on his/her person during UAS takeoffs and landings.


  5. Based upon the information submitted in the application form, required insurances will be determined by the Risk Manager.
  6. Proof of insurance that is insufficient or inadequate will delay the issuance of a permit.
  7. The Pilot in Command must be a named insured on all insurance required for this permit.
  8. Certificates of insurance (e.g. ACORD certificates) are NOT accepted
  9. Please be sure to read the Insurance Requirements section.


  10. The Application Fee of $200 must be paid prior to issuance of the permit and is non-refundable.
  11. Tenants may charge their own fees if activity occurs on leased premises.
  12. Acceptable methods of payment are:
    1. Cash -- do not mail cash. Call Security at (562) 283-7818 to make arrangements.
    2. Cashier’s check made to the order of the “Port of Long Beach.” Checks may be mailed to Security Administration, Port of Long Beach, 1249 Pier F Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
    3. In Person: Cashier, Finance Division, 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

    Other Permits

  13. If UAS takeoffs and landings are part of a commercial filming activity or special event in the Port/Harbor District, the commercial filming activity must be permitted by the Tenant Services Division. Contact: TSOAdmin@polb.com or (562) 590-4180. See the Filming/Special Events Permit Pages.
  14. Permits issued by the Port for UAS takeoffs and landings do not cover any other agencies' jurisdiction. Obtaining approval and/or permits from other agencies (such as the Long Beach Fire Department, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, etc.) is the applicant's responsibility. For a list of some of the other permitting agencies, click here.
  15. Activities on leased areas in the Port and flights over leased or owned parcels require approval from the respective tenants and property owners. For a list of terminal operators, click here. For a Port directory, click here.
  16. Please note that permission from Port tenants to takeoff and land a UAS within their leased facilities is not in lieu of a permit being issued by the Port. You must still apply for and obtain a permit from the Director of Security prior to conducting your activity.
  17. UAS may not be operated from a moving waterborne vehicle or a moving land vehicle within the Harbor District.
  18. UAS cannot be flown over human beings nor can a UAS be flown in a manner that is careless or reckless.
  19. If your activity requires a full or partial closure of public roadways, you must submit a detailed traffic plan for review by the Port. Plans submitted for review must be signed and stamped by a licensed civil or traffic engineer.

    On-Site Notification

  20. No less than 48 hours prior to any permitted takeoff or landing, Permittee shall submit a completed On-Site Notification Form to the Security Division at .
  21. The Security Division may disallow a takeoff or landing if it determines that the UAS Permit is not in order, or if the UAS takeoff/landing may cause a danger to persons, property or navigation.
  22. Two (2) hours prior to conducting any permitted takeoff or landing, Permittee shall notify the Port of Long Beach Harbor Patrol at (562) 283-7820 and also .
  23. The permittee must have the approved Permit Agreement and the approved On-Site Notification Form on his/her person during UAS takeoffs and landings.

We strongly recommend that you use our sample application form to assemble your information before filling out the online application.

Click here to go to the permit application.

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