Welcome to the City of Encinitas Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ordinance Webpage!

NEW!  Click here to download a new English/Spanish outreach postcard for residents or anyone to print and use for notifying landscapers or other potential gas-powered leaf blower users about this ordinance.  If you would like a postcard mailed to you, email [email protected].

 

Leaf Blower Postcard

During a regular City Council meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, the Encinitas City Council voted unanimously in favor of passing a progressive new Leaf Blower Ordinance.

Key elements of the ordinance include:

  • Prohibits the use of all gas-powered leaf blowers citywide in January 2020;
  • Allows for the use of electric or battery-powered leaf blowers;
  • Requires responsible use of blower equipment to control dust and noise;
  • Restricts leaf blower hours of operation to between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays; and
  • Provides for a phased-in operative date schedule (summarized below).

A transition away from fossil-fuel based off-road equipment is one of the strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions identified in the Climate Action Plan. The benefits of prohibiting gas-powered leaf blowers include avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions; decreased noise levels; and reduction in suspended dust, allergens, and other harmful particulates.

The goal of the City’s CAP is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 41% by 2030.It is estimated that the Leaf Blower Ordinance will reduce local GHG emissions by 128 metric tons of CO2 emissions (MTCO2E) by the end of 2020, and 142 metric tons by 2030.

English/Spanish Leaf Blower Ordinance FAQ Flyer

Phased Roll-Out Schedule

The ordinance will take effect in phases, beginning immediately with all Encinitas municipal operations. I

The Ordinance becomes law on September 20, 2019 and operative for all commercial operators (defined as “…any person who, for compensation or hire, engages in providing services or products…”) three (3) months from the effective date or December 20, 2019.  

Finally, it becomes operative for any person (defined as “…any person, business, corporation, or event organizer or promoter; public, nonprofit or private entity, agency or institution; or partnership, association or other organization or group, however organized…”) four (4) months from the effective date, or January 20, 2020.

English Version of the Leaf Blower Ordinance

Spanish Version of the Leaf Blower Ordinance


The Electric or Battery-Powered Leaf Blower Rebate Program ended May 1, 2020.