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Launching, Landing, and Operating Drones in Area B

While the Presidio Trust allows the launching, landing, or operation of unmanned aircraft* - also known as drones – in parts of Area B of the Presidio, provided they’re operated safely and in accordance with law, including the Trust’s regulatory prohibitions, there are public use limits to follow and permits needed for commercial use (see below).

Note: Activities in Area A of the Presidio are regulated by the National Park Service (NPS). For information regarding the prohibition on unmanned aircraft in Area A, visit the National Park Service website.

*"Unmanned aircraft" refers to any device used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device and the associated operational elements and components required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, and drones) used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

Operating Unmanned Aircraft inside Area B: Public Use Limits

  • Launching, landing, or operation of unmanned aircraft in the park is allowed in the following areas, provided they’re operated safely and in accordance with the law, including the Trust’s regulatory prohibitions on frightening or disturbing wildlife, injuring, or destroying cultural resources, or creating a public nuisance:
    • Main Parade Lawn
    • Graham Street Lawn
    • Civil War Parade Ground
  • Due to public safety and visitor conflict concerns, the Trust may restrict operation of unmanned aircraft at certain permitted special events.

The Trust embraces many activities within the natural, historic, and cultural landscapes in Presidio Area B that enhance visitor experiences. These restrictions are necessary to avoid adverse impacts of noise and nuisance, for park visitor safety, and wildlife protection.

Commercial Use of Drone/Unmanned Aircraft

§1005.3 Business operations states that “engaging in or soliciting any business in Presidio Area B is prohibited, except in accordance with a permit, contract or other written instrument with the Presidio Trust.” This includes the commercial use of drones in the park.

For more information on recreational or permitted use of drones/unmanned aircraft, contact our Drone Program at