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What property owners should know about drones

California commercial real estate owners should be aware of the changes the drone age has in store for their industry. Drone use has dramatically increased among real estate professionals in the latter portion of 2016, and that trend promises to continue in the future. There are many potential applications for commercial drones in the real estate market, and drones are even being used in brokerage marketing efforts. In some cases, drones are used in construction projects as well.

With the increased use of drones, major retailers such as Walmart and Amazon have begun experimenting with them in package delivery. Walmart plans to use drones for faster warehouse distribution, and even UPS has made headlines with a drone that was used to deliver an inhaler. Small businesses are discovering new and innovative uses for this technology as well, and one San Francisco pharmacy has begun to use drones to deliver prescription drugs to its customers.

As drones grow in popularity, there are a variety of potential risks for property owners considering this technology to address. Owners of industrial and retail operations may have to upgrade their existing building regulations to make room for the use of drone technology. Commercial property owners should also consider whether drone use would interfere with their tenants' peace and quiet. In the future, property owners may also be allowed to request licensing before drone users fly through their airspace.

Drone use presents a variety of opportunities and potential concerns for commercial property owners as well as businesses. As with any matter of business and commercial law, property owners may benefit from consulting an attorney for clarification on any new guidelines and policy issues that arise and that could effect their commercial real estate investments.

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