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Posted on: March 27, 2023

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Survey

The Monte Sereno City Council is considering the possibility of prohibiting gas-powered leaf blowers within the City and is seeking feedback from residents on this topic.

Current Requirements:  Currently, there are no restrictions of the type of leaf blower used; however, the hours of operation of leaf blowers are limited as follows:

When used by a Contractor

When used by a Homeowner

Mondays - Fridays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturdays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Not allowed on Sundays or Public Holidays

Mondays - Fridays: No Limit

Saturdays: No Limit

Sundays or Public Holidays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Additionally, the maximum noise level allowed for a backpack-mounted mechanical leaf blower is 65 dB; for a handheld mechanical leaf blower, it is 70 dB. These noise levels are measured at 50 feet from the equipment.

Smog-Forming Emissions from Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

According to the California Air Resources Board, the volume of smog-forming emissions from gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, edgers, and other small off-road engines (SORE) has surpassed emissions from light-duty passenger cars and is projected to be nearly twice those of passenger cars by 2031. A commercial operator using a backpack leaf blower for one hour generates the same smog-forming emissions as a car driving 1,100 miles.

California Air Resources Board Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE) Voucher Incentive Program

Senate Bill 170 appropriated $27 million to the California Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) to provide incentives for professional landscape services in California operated by a small business or sole proprietor. These funds are intended to purchase qualifying zero-emission professional landscape service equipment. CORE does not require scrappage of existing internal combustion engines. 

Learn more about the California Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE).


Survey ends on June 30, 2023

Person blowing leaves with a gas blower

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