Blower noise

Last reviewed: September 2010

Leaf-blower regulations nationwide

Many U.S. towns and counties now regulate leaf-blower noise. Some locales simply restrict blower use to certain times of the day or year. But others ban gasoline-powered leaf blowers while allowing only electric blowers, which, while far from silent, are still less noisy overall. And more than a dozen communities, mostly in California, have banned all gas and electric leaf blowers, leaving residents reaching for their rakes and brooms.

The list of leaf-blower regulations below is from the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization based in Montpelier, Vt. If your community is listed here, check with your city or county clerk’s office just in case, because ordinances can change. Even if you don’t find your area on this list, double-check with your municipal or county government for the same reason.

And wherever you live, keep your neighbors happy by not running leaf blowers very early or late in the day, or for long periods of time. If you have a noisy neighbor who’s less courteous than you are, Neighbor wars: Keeping the peace offers advice on diffusing the situation courteously and effectively.

Essential information: Read our review leaf blowers, including Ratings (available to subscribers) or electric handheld, gasoline handheld, gasoline backpack, and gasoline wheeled blowers.

City Ban all leaf blowers Ban all gasoline-powered leaf blowers Ban all leaf blowers during certain seasons Ban all leaf blowers during certain times of day Ban all leaf blowers above a certain decibel level
California
Alameda County        
Belvedere        
Berkeley        
Beverly Hills        
Calexico        
Carmel        
Claremont        
Costa Mesa        
Culver City        
Cypress*        
Dana Point*        
Davis        
Del Mar        
Foster        
Fountain Valley*        
Hermosa Beach        
Huntington Beach        
Indian Wells        
Indio        
Irvine*        
La Palma        
Laguna Beach        
Lawndale        
Loma Linda        
Lomita        
Long Beach        
Los Altos        
Los Angeles        
Malibu        
Manhattan Beach        
Manteca        
Menlo Park        
Mill Valley        
Ojai        
Orange        
Orinda*        
Palo Alto        
Pasadena        
Perris        
Piedmont        
Richmond        
Rohnert Park        
Rolling Hills Estates*        
Sacramento        
San Anselmo        
San Diego        
Santa Barbara        
Santa Monica        
Saratoga*        
Solana*        
Sunnyvale        
Tiburon        
Tustin*        
West Hollywood        
Westminster*        
Colorado
Aspen        
Carbondale        
Connecticut
Greenwich        
Florida
Palm Beach        
Illinois
Evanston        
Highland Park        
Wilmette        
Winnetka        
Maryland
Montgomery County        
Massachusetts
Cambridge        
New York
Bronxville        
Flower Hill        
Great Neck Estates        
Greenburgh        
Huntington        
Larchmont        
Mamaroneck        
New Rochelle        
Newton        
North Hempstead        
Oyster Bay        
Pelham Heights**        
Pelham Manor        
Pelham Village**        
Rye        
Scarsdale        
Southampton        
Tarrytown        
Thomaston        
White Plains        
Yonkers        
* Denotes ban is on Sundays and holidays only
** Denotes ban is in effect summer and winter only