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City ordinance regulates use of leaf blowers

August 31, 2018

Under City ordinance, the use of leaf blowers in any residential area and in commercial areas within 400 feet of any residential area in the City is restricted to the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and legal holidays. The City ordinance regulating these hours was designed to protect residents from excessive noise caused by such equipment.

Leaf blowers also should not direct debris onto adjacent parcels or lots. Such debris should be removed and disposed of to prevent dispersion by wind, vandalism or other similar means. Piles of leaves left in the gutters can clog storm drains and cause flooding. In addition, leaves in storm drains decompose and grow bacteria that can travel into the ocean.


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