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Leaf Blower Ordinance

Man with leaf blower

Starting October 1st, 2022, the following regulations apply to the operation of leaf blowers within city limits, failure to comply can lead to a fine.

1. Prohibition of gas-powered leaf blowers

The use of gas-powered leaf blowers is illegal.

2. Hours of operation for electric leaf blowers

Electric leaf blowers may be used during the following hours:

Property type Monday to Friday Weekends and holidays
Residential 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.
Business 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

3. Blowing of debris

Depositing debris onto neighboring properties including gutters and storm drains, is illegal.

Need to file a complaint regarding the leaf blower ordinance?

You may contact Code Enforcement at (415) 485-3097 or fill out our complaint form below.

To best enforce the ordinance, our Code Enforcement Team requires evidence to enforce the Leaf Blower Ordinance. Evidence can include photographs and videos of any ordinance violations, including utilizing a gas-powered leaf blower and utilizing a leaf blower outside of the hours of operation permitted. Please make sure to include proof before submitting a complaint.

  • If you are unable to complete the form online due to disabilities, please contact the Code Enforcement Division at (415) 485-3097 for assistance with your complaint.

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    City of San Rafael Community Development Department
    Code Enforcement Division
    1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 94901
    Tel. (415) 485-3097
    FAX (415) 458-5338

Background

On July 18, 2022, the City Council passed an ordinance to regulate the operation of gas-powered leaf blowers within city limits.  Community members have advocated for additional regulations on the use and operability of leaf blowers in the City.  Resident concerns vary from noise to environmental pollution caused by gas-powered leaf blowers.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) found that hydrocarbon emissions from a one-half hour of leaf blower operation equal about 7,700 miles of driving, at 30 miles per hour average speed. Half an hour of leaf blower usage for carbon monoxide would be equivalent to about 440 miles of automobile travel at 30 miles per hour.

The City Council is committed to reducing emissions as outlined in the 2030 Climate Change Action Plan; goal LCT-C10 of the plan calls to encourage the use of electric landscape equipment instead of gasoline-powered equipment. In addition, the California State Assembly recently passed Assembly Bill 1346, which mandates that by July 1, 2022, the CARB is to adopt regulations to restrict the sale of gas-powered garden equipment, including leaf blowers statewide, produced on or after January 1, 2024.

Regulating the operation of leaf blowers will further the City's ability to successfully implement its Climate Action Plan and comply with state regulations.

Leaf Blower Ordinance Flyer - Spanish and English

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