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City of Ojai's current leaf blower ordinance

The following is the current (as of Sept. 23, 2014) ordinance governing the operation of leaf blowers within the city of Ojai city limits:

 

(e)    Leaf blowers.

(1)    Residential zones, including village mixed use. No person shall operate a gas-powered leaf blower within any residential areas of the City after December 31, 1998; provided, however, that gas-powered leaf blowers may be operated within the confines of a condominium or planned development project with a minimum project size of at least seven and one-half (7 ½) acres until October 1, 1999 providing the following conditions are met:

(i)     The operator shall be a minimum distance of 150 feet from the nearest residence, school, hospital or residential care facility to the project.

(ii)    Hours of operation are limited to no more than three (3) days per week (Monday-Friday) during a five (5)- hour period between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The project’s homeowners’ association shall designate the days and time periods when gas-powered leaf blowers may be used subject to the above limitations. Notice of the days and times designated shall be provided in writing to all members of the association and/or residents of the development. Additionally, this information shall be posted at any location customarily used by the association for informational postings or at another location easily observable to residents. Operation is prohibited on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

(iii)   No cutting, refuse or debris is blown onto neighboring properties or into a street or gutter.

(iv)   The standard factory silencer and/or muffler equipment shall be attached at all times and maintained in good working order.

After October 1, 1999, the operation of gas-powered leaf blowers shall be prohibited in all residential zones.

The operation of electric leaf blowers is permitted in residential zones providing the following conditions are met:

(v)    Hours of operation are limited to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. Operation is prohibited on Sundays and holidays.

(vi)   No cutting, refuse or debris is blown onto neighboring properties or into a street or gutter.

(vii)  The standard factory silencer and/or muffler equipment shall be attached at all times and in good working order.

(2)    All other zones. The operation of gas-powered and electrical leaf blowers shall be permitted on parcels in non-residential zones under the following conditions:

(i)     If using a gas-powered leaf blower, the operator shall be a minimum distance of 150 feet from the nearest neighboring residence, school, hospital, lodging or residential care facility.

(ii)    Hours of operation are limited to 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Operation is prohibited on City holidays.

(iii)   No cuttings, refuse or debris are blown onto neighboring properties or into a street or gutter.

(iv)   The standard factory silencer and/or muffler equipment shall be attached at all times and maintained in good working order.

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