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Leaf blower restriction timeline established for City of Encinitas

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 12:18:00-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) - The City of Encinitas announced a timeline Monday for its leaf blower ordinance restrictions.

The rule, which bans all gas-powered leaf blowers and restricts hours of use, was adopted by the Encinitas City Council on Aug. 21.

The ordinance took effect for city operations on Sept. 20.

By Dec. 20, all commercial operators will be required to comply with the rules. All others have until Jan. 20, 2020 to adhere to the restrictions.

The new ordinance includes the following restrictions:

  • Prohibits the use of all gas-powered leaf blowers citywide by January 20, 2020;
  • Allows for the use of electric or battery-powered leaf blowers;
  • Requires responsible use of blower equipment to control dust and noise;
  • Leaf blowers of all types may only be used between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and between 12 noon and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Anyone who must purchase a new electric or battery-powered leaf blower can take part in a rebate program to partially subsidize the purchase. For more information, see the City of Encinitas Leaf Blower Ordinance website.