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Gas-Powered & Combustion Engine Leaf Blower Ban - Effective March 1, 2021

February 19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 18, 2021
Public Information Office
City of Pacific Grove
(831) 648-3131
pio@cityofpacificgrove.org

GAS-POWERED & COMBUSTION ENGINE LEAF BLOWER AND VACUUM BAN
EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2021

On March 4, 2020, the City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 20-005
amending Chapter 11.96, Unlawful Noises, of the Pacific Grove Municipal Code. A
12-month implementation delay was approved to allow ample time for businesses
and residents to make changes in equipment.

Effective March 1, 2021, combustion engine and gas-powered leaf blowers and
vacuums are prohibited within City limits. This restriction applies to all users
including business owners, commercial operators, and residents.

Electric or battery-powered leaf blowers and vacuums are permitted. Use is limited
to Monday through Saturday, 8 am - 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.

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.

Additional information, including outreach materials in English/Spanish and an
online complaint form, can be found on the City’s website: cityofpg.org/leaf-blowers