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BERKELEY

BEVERLY HILLS

CLAREMONT

DANA POINT 1

DANA POINT 2

FOSTER CITY

INDIAN WELLS

LAGUNA BEACH

LAWNDALE

LOS ALTOS

LOS ANGELES 1

LOS ANGELES 2

MENLO PARK 1

MENLO PARK 2

PALO ALTO

SACRAMENTO

SAN DIEGO

SANTA BARBARA

SANTA MONICA

SUNNYVALE

VANCOUVER, BC

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Blower Definitions and Laws
IN VARIOUS MUNICIPAL CODES

The following ordinances are referenced as of the year 2000. No claim is made that they are valid at any later date. Still, this partial list may serve as reference.


Other California Cities that have or had leaf blower ordinances: Albany, Bakersfield, Belvedere, Carmel, Coronado, Davis, Del Mar, Downey, Hermosa Beach, Hillsborough, Malibu, Newport Beach, Ojai, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Piedmont, Redondo Beach, San Marino, Solana Beach, Town of Tiburon, West Hollywood, Woodside. There may be more. Let us know.


Berkeley 13.40.070.B.14

BANS GAS BLOWERS

". . . any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used to blow . . ."

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us
(NOTE) 13.Tampering. The removal or rendering inoperative, other than for purposes of maintenance, repair, or replacement, of any noise control device or element thereof, of any product required to meet specified noise emission limits under federal, state or local law, and the use of said product after its noise control device has been removed or rendered inoperative, other than for purposes of maintenance, repair or replacement

14.Notwithstanding Subsection B.11 of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person, including any City employee, to operate any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used to blow leaves, dirt, and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns or other surfaces within the City limits.

a. Notice of this prohibition shall be posted in all stores selling such gasoline powered machines within the City limits. (Ord. 6026-NS § 1, 1990: Ord. 5500-NS § 1 (part), 1982)
Beverly Hills 5-1.210

BANS GAS BLOWERS

"Portable machine powered with a gasoline engine 1. ."

http://www.ci.beverly-hills.ca.us
It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to use or operate any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used to blow leaves, dirt, and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns, or other surfaces.
(4-13.05)
Claremont 8.24.010

BANS GAS BLOWERS

A. "Leaf blower" means any air blowing machine which uses a concentrated stream of air to blow leaves, grass cuttings, trash, or other debris."

and:

"Internal combustion engine (gasoline) powered leaf blowers"
8.24.010 Definitions.
For the purposes of this chapter:

B. "Parcel" means an area of real property as defined by the Los Angeles County Recorder.

C. "Power yard maintenance equipment" means any engine driven device or machine used primarily for the maintenance of lawns, shrubs, trees, or other landscaping. (Ord. 90-29 § 2 (part), 1990)

8.24.020 Leaf blower use.
Leaf blowers powered by installed line current or by battery may be used in the city subject to the provisions of this chapter not withstanding the noise standards in Chapter 5 of the Land Use and Development Code. Internal combustion engine (gasoline) powered leaf blowers shall be prohibited in the city after March 1, 1991. (Ord. 90-29 § 2 (part), 1990)

8.24.030 Permitted hours of operation.
Electric or battery powered leaf blowers may be operated only between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 pm., seven days per week. (Ord. 90-29 § 2 (part), 1990)

8.24.040 Requirements for use in residential areas.
A. No leaf blower shall be operated for more than fifteen minutes per hour on any one parcel.

B. No leaves or other debris shall be blown into the street, sidewalk, or beyond the parcel property line.

C. The full blower nozzle extension shall be used for

maximum efficiency and to minimize the spread of dust.

D. When leaf blowers are used in dusty conditions, surfaces shall be moistened prior to blowing or a mister used during blowing.

E. After leaf blower use, debris shall be disposed in trash receptacles.

F. Leaf blowers shall be in proper working order and all manufacturer’s noise and dust control equipment on the leaf blower shall remain on the blower and be in operating condition.

G. Leaf blower users shall operate the leaf blower with the least amount of noise and at the lowest speed possible and keep use time as short as possible.

H. Commercial leaf blower operators shall have in their possession a Claremont business license available for inspection on site. (Ord. 90-29 § 2 (part), 1990)

8.24.050 Prohibition of leaf blowers on city property.
Use of any type of leaf blower on any city owned or maintained property is prohibited. (Ord. 90-29 § 2 (part), 1990)

8.24.060 Violation and penalty.
No person, whether as principal, agent, employee or otherwise, shall violate, cause the violation, or otherwise fail to comply with any of the requirements of this chapter. Any violation of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1.12 of this code. (Ord. 90-29 § 2 (part), 1990)
Dana Point
Ordinance No. 01-18 or 91-18 [smudged numerals)

Adding Chapter 6.20:

HOURS AND DECIBEL RESTRICTIONS

6.20.010 Definitions


(b) "Leaf Blower" means any portable power equipment designed or operated to produce a current of air by fuel, electricity, or other means to push, propel, or blow dust, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings, and trimming from trees and shrubs or other debris."


and See 6.20.016 below regarding Dana Point Public Nuisance law.
"Whereas, in order to control unnecessary, excessive, and annoying noise, dust, and debris in the City of Dana Point, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the City to regulate such noise, dust, and other debris generated by the use of leaf blowers."

Title 6 HEALTH AND SANITATION

6.20.012 Regulations on Leaf Blower Operation.

(a) In residential areas, the use and operation of leaf blowers is prohibited except during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The use and operation of leaf blowers is further prohibited on any day which is a legal holiday identified in this Code. For commercial, industrial, and recreational areas within two hundred (200¢) feet of a residential area, the restricted hours of operation noted above shall apply.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person operating a leaf blower to create any noise exceeding the following decibel levels when measured at a distance of fifty (50¢) feet from such leaf blower:

(1) New leaf blowers purchased, leased, or rented on or after a date three (3) months from the effective date of this Chapter shall not exceed a noise level of 70 dba.

(2) New leaf blowers purchased, leased, or rented on or after forty-eight (48) months from the effective date of this Chapter shall not exceed a noise level of 65 dba.

(3) All leaf blowers other than those specified at Subparagraphs (1) and (2) hereinabove shall not exceed a noise level of 70 dba on or after one year from the effective date of this Chapter.

I Any person using or operating a leaf blower shall not cause dirt, dust, debris, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings, or trimmings from trees or shrubs to be blown or deposited on any adjacent or other parcel, land, lot, street, alley, or gutter from which the leaf blower is being used or operated. Deposits of dirt, dust, leaves, grass clippings, debris, cuttings, or trimmings from trees or shrubs shall be removed and disposed of in a sanitary manner, to prevent dispersement by wind, vandalism, or similar means.

(d) Each commercially operated leaf blower shall have affixed on it the business name, address, and telephone number in a clear, identifying manner.

6.20.014 Violations–Infractions.

(a) Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of an infraction, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding fifty ($50.00) dollars. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such.

(b) Any person convicted of a violation of this Chapter more than three (3) times in any calendar year shall be deemed guilty of an infraction as defined in Section 1.01.220(b) of this Code and subject to punishment in accordance with Section 1.01.220(b) of this Code.
Dana Point:
6.20.016 Violations–Additional Remedies–Injunctions–Public Nuisance.
(a) As an additional remedy, the operation of any leaf blower in violation of any provision of this Chapter which operation causes discomfort or annoyance to reasonable persons of normal sensitiveness or which endangers the comfort, repose, health, or peace of residents in the area, shall be deemed and is declared to be a public nuisance and may be subject to abatement summarily by a restraining order or injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(b) Any violation of this Chapter is declared to be a public nuisance and may be abated in accordance with law. The expense of such abatement may be by Resolution of the City Council, declared to be a lien against the property in which such nuisances are maintained, and such lien shall be made a personal obligation of the property owner.
Foster City
(No ordinance code number)
www.fostercity.org
DISTANCE, HOURS RESTRICTIONS

CDD@fostercity.org

"The definition of leaf blowers includes a blower nozzle extension."
"In order to minimize the impact on City residents from noise from leaf blowers and other portable equipment powered by self-contained engines used in property maintenance, the city has adopted the following restrictions regarding the use of leaf blowers within residential districts and within 100 yards of a residential district:
No person shall operate such equipment:

before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; or

before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays; or

Sundays or holidays: New Years Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The definition of leaf blowers includes a blower nozzle extension. No material may be blown upon neighboring properties or onto any part of the public right-of-way, including but not limited to sidewalks, streets, storm drains or the lagoon, without being immediately removed. Please also be advised that in order to operate a landscape maintenance business legally or to do work in Foster City a business license issued by the City is required.
Indian Wells
TITLE 9 PEACE, SAFETY AND MORALS 1 CHAPTER 9.06 NOISE

9.06.020(f) Leaf Blower:

"Leaf-blower" means portable power equipment that is powered by fuel or electricity and used. . ."

http://www.indianwells.org
"Leaf-blower" means portable power equipment that is powered by fuel or electricity and used in any landscape maintenance, construction, property repair, or property maintenance for the purpose of blowing, dispersing or redistributing dust, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings and trimmings from trees and shrubs or other debris".
Laguna Beach 7.25.080

BANS ALL BLOWERS

". . . electrical or gasoline powered blowers, such as commonly used by gardeners and. . ."

http://www.lagunabeach.com
Garden/debris blowers prohibited.

The use of electrical or gasoline powered blowers, such as commonly used by gardeners and other persons for cleaning lawns, yards, driveways, gutters, and other property is prohibited at any time within the city limits. (Ord. 1259 § 1, 1993: Ord. 535 § 1 (part), 1964).
Lawndale: 8.20.075

BANS GAS BLOWERS

"A. Definitions. The term "weed and debris blowers" means use of portable power equipment powered by gasoline or diesel fuel.
Gasoline-powered weed and debris blowers.

A. Definitions. The term "weed and debris blowers" means portable power equipment powered by gasoline or diesel fuel and used in any landscape maintenance, construction, property repair, or property maintenance for the purpose of blowing, dispersing or redistributing debris. The term "debris" means dust, dirt, paper, packaging, trash, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings and trimmings from trees and shrubs, or other similar material.

B. The use of gasoline powered weed and debris blowers or vacuums is prohibited within the city after July 1, 1997.

C. [Electric or other non gas] Weed and debris blower operations shall not cause debris to be blown or deposited on any adjacent or other parcel of land, lot, or public right-of-way/property other than the parcel, land, or lot upon which the weed and debris blower is being operated.

D. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a person shall not be in violation of this section of blowing debris on any adjacent land if they remove the debris within one hour of deposit and dispose of the debris in a sanitary manner which will prevent dispersement by wind, vandalism, or similar means.

E. Weed and debris blowers shall not be operated in close proximity to any operable window, door, or mechanical air intake opening or duct of any building so as to deposit debris within such windows, doors, openings or ducts unless with the permission of the occupants of the building (Ord. 814-96 sec.1; Ord. 713-92 sec.1)
Los Altos: 15

BANS GAS BLOWERS

"a. Portable gasoline-powered leaf blowers are defined as portable power equipment that is powered by a self contained fuel engine and used. . ."

http://www.ci.los-altos.ca.us
15 Portable gasoline Powered blowers.

a. Portable gasoline-powered leaf blowers are defined as portable power equipment that is powered by a self contained fuel engine and used in any landscape, maintenance, construction, property repair, or property maintenance for the purpose of blowing, dispersing or redistributing dust, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings and trimmings from trees and shrubs or other debris.

b. Gasoline-powered blowers prohibited. Use or operation of portable gasoline-powered leaf blowers within the city for any purpose except testing noise levels is unlawful and shall constitute an infraction, punishable as provided by law. (Prior code § 10-5.07)
Los Angeles
Municipal Code, Chapter XI — Noise Regulation, Article 2 — Special Noise Sources,

Section 112.04 (c).

DISTANCE RESTRICTIONS

(Commonly referred to as a "BAN")

". . .gas powered blower. . ."

AND: See below.
Re: Powered Equipment Intended for Repetitive Use in Residential Areas and Other Machinery, Equipment, and Devices.

"I Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (a) above, no gas powered blower shall be used within 500 feet of a residence at anytime. Both the user of such a blower as well as the individual who contracted for the services of the user, if any, shall be subject to the requirements of and penalty provisions for this ordinance. Violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be punishable as an infraction in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), notwithstanding the graduated fines set forth in L.A.M.C. Section 11.00(m). "
Los Angeles
Municipal Code, SECTION 112.05: Maximum noise Level of Powered Equipment or Powered Hand Tools.

Go to full ordinance here.

http://www.cityofla.org
[Further noise restrictions on blowers: ]

"Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., in any residential zone of the City or within 500 feet thereof, no person shall operate or cause to be operated any powered equipment or powered hand tool that produces a maximum noise level exceeding the following noise limits at a distance of 50 feet therefrom:"

"(c ) 65dB(A) for powered equipment intended for repetitive use in residential areas, including lawn mowers, backpack blowers, small lawn and garden tools and riding tractors."

[NOTE: "including" assumes, "including, but not limited to. . ."]
Menlo Park 8.07.030

USE RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS.

"Certified Leaf Blowers" includes all blowers, whatever fuel, whatever way they are held or moved about.


AND: See below.
(1) Certified Leaf Blowers. Certified leaf blowers may be operated in the city Mondays through Fridays between the hours of eight (8) a.m. and five (5) p.m. Certified leaf blowers may be operated by residents of the city on Saturdays between the hours of eleven (11) a.m. and three (3) p.m. to maintain their property. Operation of certified leaf blowers in the city is prohibited on Sundays, observed federal holidays as defined by the city and on "Spare the Air" days as declared by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

(2) Non-Certified Leaf Blowers. The use of any leaf blower other than a certified leaf blower as defined by this chapter, is prohibited.

(3) Electric Blowers. The provisions of this Chapter 8.07 do not apply to electrically powered blowers. (Ord. 895 § 3 (part), 1999)
BANS GAS BLOWERS and: 8.07.040 Limitations on use.

Any person who uses or operates a leaf blower in the city shall at all times comply with the following:

(1) Full Blower Nozzle Extension. The full blower nozzle extension and diffuser as provided by the manufacturer or supplied by the distributor shall be used at all times.

(2) Earplugs. Earplugs or ear protectors shall be worn or inserted at all times by persons operating a leaf blower. (Ord. 895 § 3 (part), 1999)
Menlo Park
Ordinance No. 886
[NOTE: this ordinance is also published in full in Spanish]

Section 2: Section 8.04.010(20) (Leaf Blowers) of Chapter 8.04 of the City of Menlo Park Municipal Code is hereby repealed in its entirety and replaced with the following:

http://www.ci.menlo-park.ca.us
(20) Gasoline-Powered Leafblowers. The use or operation of gasoline-powered leafblowers in the City of Menlo Park is prohibited. Gasoline-powered leafblowers are defined as portable power equipment that is powered by a self contained fuel engine and used in any landscape, maintenance, construction, property repair, or property maintenance for the purpose of blowing, dispersing, or redistributing dust, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings and trimmings from trees and shrubs or other debris.
Palo Alto
Title 9 PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND SAFETY, Chapter 9.10 NOISE:

BAN GAS Residential Area after July 1, 2002.

"Combustion engine — leaf-blower" means any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used. . ."

[NOTE: Code also includes descriptions of (a)=Sound level, (b) Precision sound level meter, (c) Noise level, (d) Local ambient, (f) Property plane.]

 

http://www.citypalo-alto.ca.us

(h) "Combustion engine — leaf-blower" means any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used to blow leaves, dirt and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns or other surfaces."

(i) "Residential power equipment" means any mechanically powered saw, sander, drill, grinder, electric leaf-blower, lawnmower, hedge trimmer, edger, or any other similar tool or device."

(Ord. 3751 Sec.1, 1987: Ord.3609Sec.1, 1985: Ord.2664Sec.1 (part, 1972)

(2)Between July 1, 2000 and January 1, 2001, no person shall operate an electric powered leaf blower which produces a noise level in excess of seventy-five dBA when measured from a distance of twenty-five feet, and no person shall operate an electric powered leaf blower except during the following hours: nine a.m. and five p.m. Monday through Saturday and ten a.m. and four p.m. Sundays and holidays.
(3)No person shall operate any leaf blower which does not bear an affixed manufacturer’s label indicating the model number of the leaf blower and designating a noise level not in excess of sixty-five dBA when measured from a distance of fifty feet utilizing American National Standard Institute methodology. Any leaf blower which bears such a manufacturer’s label shall be presumed to comply with any noise level limit of this chapter provided that it is operated with all mufflers and full extension tubes supplied by the manufacturer for that leaf blower.

[ZAP comment: This presumption does not take into account that machines which are not well maintained, and which have been used over time, may not actually comply to noise standards, even if they bear the original manufacturer's label.]

No person shall operate any leaf blower without attachment of all mufflers and full extension tubes supplied by the manufacturer for that leaf blower.

No person shall operate any leaf blowers except during the following hours: nine a.m. and five p.m. Monday through Friday, and ten a.m. and four p.m. Saturday. No person shall operate any leaf blowers on Sundays and holidays.

No person shall operate any leaf blower powered by an internal combustion engine within any residential zone after July 1, 2002.

No person shall operate any leaf blower powered by an internal combustion engine within non-residential zone except during the following hours: eight a.m. and six p.m. Monday through Friday, and ten a.m. to four p.m. Saturday.

Commercial operators of leaf blowers are prohibited from operating any leaf blower within the city if they do not prominently display a certificate approved by the Chief of Police verifying that the operator has been trained to operate leaf blowers according to standards adopted by the Chief of Police.

In addition to all authorizations and restrictions otherwise provided in this chapter, public streets, sidewalks, and parking lots in business districts and at the Municipal Golf Course and all city parks may be cleaned between four a.m. and eight a.m. using leaf blowers which bear an affixed manufacturer’s label indicating the model number of the leaf blower and designating a noise level not in excess of sixty-five dBA when measured from a distance of fifty feet utilizing American National Standard Institute methodology. The restrictions on leaf blowers contained in this subsection (f)(3) shall become effective on and after January 1, 2001, except that the prohibitions on the use of leaf blowers powered by internal combustion engines shall become effective on and after July 1, 2002.

Sacramento
8.68.180

RESTRICTIONS

"Portable gasoline-powered blower" means any portable power equipment that is powered by a gasoline engine and commonly used . . ."

http://www.sacto.org

http://www.ci.sacramento.ca.us
"Portable gasoline-powered blower" means any portable power equipment that is powered by a gasoline engine and commonly used in landscape or property maintenance to blow, disperse, or redistribute dust, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings, and trimmings from trees and shrubs or other debris on sidewalks, driveways, lawns, or other surfaces. and

8.68.180 Portable gasoline-powered blowers.

A. It is unlawful for any person to operate any portable gasoline-powered blower on residential property or within two hundred (200) feet of residential property, except between the hours of nine a.m. and six p.m. Monday through Saturday and between the hours of ten a.m. and four p.m. on Sunday.

B. It is unlawful for any person to operate any portable gasoline-powered blower on residential property or within two hundred (200) feet of residential property during the hours permitted by subsection A of this section if the blower creates noise exceeding the following specified levels measured at a distance of fifty (50) feet from the blower:

1. Blowers purchased or otherwise acquired between May 15, 1992, and November 15, 1995, shall not exceed seventy (70) dba.

2. Blowers purchased or otherwise acquired after November 15, 1995, shall not exceed sixty-five (65) dba.

3. Blowers in use on or before the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter or purchased or otherwise acquired before May 15, 1992, shall not exceed seventy (70) dba after November 15, 1993. (Prior code § 66.02.213)

and 8.68.200: F. Blowers. The operating of any noise-creating blower or power fan or any internal combustion engine the operation of which causes noise due to the explosion of operating gases or fluids, unless the noise from such blower or fan is muffled and such engine is equipped with a muffler device sufficient to deaden such noise.

San Diego
Municipal Code Sec. 59.5.0502 G

http://www.sandiego-online.com

http://www.sannet.gov
A "leaf blower" means any portable, hand-held or back pack, engine powered device with a nozzle that creates a directable airstream which is capable of and intended for moving leaves and light materials.
Santa Barbara
9.16.020 — 9.16.021.

BANS GAS BLOWERS

A. Definitions: LEAF BLOWER. Any device used, designed or operated to produce a current of air by fuel, electricity or other means to push, propel or blow cuttings, refuse or debris.

"9.16.021: use of Gasoline Powered Leaf Blowers Prohibited."

". . .any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine, or gasoline powered generator,. . ."

http://www.ci.santa-barbara.ca.us
Leaf Blowers — Restriction on Use.

D. PHASE-OUT OF CERTAIN LEAF BLOWERS

1. Existing Leaf Blowers: The use of Leaf Blowers which are not manufactured to meet or exceed the Noise Level Standards is prohibited in all areas of the City under all circumstances, after October 9, 1997.

2. Sale of New Leaf Blowers: It is unlawful to sell or offer for sale within the City of Santa Barbara Leaf Blowers which are not manufactured to meet or exceed the Noise Level Standards of 65 decibels.

E. Certification:

Owners and operators will present equipment to the City parks and Recreation Director . . . for noise testing according to ANSI testing criteria in the Noise Level Standards. Leaf Blowers which generate 65 decibels or less according to the test will be issued a certification sticker, which is valid for one year following the date of testing. The use of a Leaf Blower, without a current and valid certification sticker affixed to it, within the City after July 1, 1998, is an infraction.

9.16.021: use of Gasoline Powered Leaf Blowers Prohibited.

Measure D97, adopted November 4, 1997, provides: In order to secure and promote the public health, comfort, safety and welfare, and to protect the rights of its citizens to privacy and freedom from nuisance, it is the purpose of this ordinance to prohibit unnecessary, excessive and annoying noises at levels which are detrimental to the health and welfare of the community, and to minimize airborne dust and pollen.

It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to use or operate any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine, or gasoline powered generator, to blow leaves, dirt, and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns, or other surfaces. (Ord. 5036, 1997).
Santa Monica
Municipal Code, [Copyright 1996] 4.08.270 Restrictions on leafblower operation.

BANS ALL BLOWERS

http://www.ci.santa-monica.ca.us
    a. No person shall operate any motorized leafblower within the City.

    Penalties:

    b. Any person violating this Section shall be guilty of an infraction, which shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars, or a misdemeanor, which shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars per violation, or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment (Prior code Sec. 4212; added by Ord. No. 1578CCS Sec. 1, adopted 3/26/91); amended by Ord. No. 1813CCS Sec. 2, adopted 9/12/95)

Infraction, $250 OR misdeameanor, $1,000 AND/OR

imprisonment up to 6 months.

Sunnyvale
19.42.030 Noise

RESTRICTIONS

"(d) A "leaf blower" is a small, combustion engine-powered device used for property or landscape maintenance that can be hand-held or carried on the operator’s back and which operates by propelling air under pressure through a cylindrical tube."
a) Operational noise shall not exceed seventy-five dBA at any point on the property line of the premises upon which the noise or sound is generated or produced; provided, however, that the noise or sound level shall not exceed fifty dBA during nighttime or sixty dBA during daytime hours at any point on adjacent residentially zoned property

(d) A "leaf blower" is a small, combustion engine-powered device used for property or landscape maintenance that can be hand-held or carried on the operator’s back and which operates by propelling air under pressure through a cylindrical tube. It is unlawful for any person to operate a leaf blower on private property in or adjacent to a residential area except between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Effective January 1, 2000, all leaf blowers operated in or adjacent to a residential area shall operate at or below a noise level of sixty-five dBA at a distance of fifty feet, as determined by a test conducted by the American National Standards Institute or an equivalent. The dBA rating shall be prominently displayed on the leaf blower. (Ord. 2623-99 § 1 (part): prior zoning code § 19.24.020(b)–(d)).
OUT OF STATE:
Vancouver, BC

as of July 1, 2001

Original motion:

"THAT effective September 1, 2001 the Noise By-law be amended to prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers throughout the City of Vancouver at all times."

Motion as amended and passed:

"A. THAT the Noise By-law be amended to prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers throughout the City of Vancouver, within 50 metres of any residential premises, except for the appropriate use during October through January, when the vast majority of leaves are in need of collecting; and

FURTHER THAT effective February 2, 2004 the Noise By-law be amended to prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers throughout the City of Vancouver at all times."

[ZAP comment: Residents of Vancouver who would like this to actually go into effect should be expressing their support to the press and to local politicians on a regular basis between now and February 2004. Ask canidates running for office to hear you out and take a stand before the vote.]


"B. THAT staff report back on the effects of other noise producing machines including weed eaters and lawn mowers."

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

See Toronto Public Health Technical Report: Leaf Blowers and other Lawn/Garden Equipment: Noise, Air Pollution and Regulation (June 2001).

We are told the recommendation to ban all blowers for ten months of the year on private properties may be greatly watered down by the time it is presented again on February 13, 2002.

Boulder, CO
Arizona state Attempted to pass a ban in part of the state in 2001. Failed due to lack of community support.
Texas state Attempted to pass a ban. Failed.