In response to the increased use of leaf blowers, the Saratoga City Council recently passed an ordinance that will help decrease noise pollution in the City.
The new ordinance will go into effect on October 1, 2019. It will require that all leaf blowers used in Saratoga are certified by the manufacturer to produce no more than 65 A-weighted decibels (dBA) or less at a distance of 50 feet.
There are a number of commercially available leaf blowers with relatively low noise levels. Leaf blowers that meet this criteria are labeled with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B175.2 sticker. This manufacturer’s label will be used to verify compliance. Homeowners will be responsible for ensuring compliance on their property and may be subject to penalties and fines for violations.
An informational postcard was mailed to all Saratoga residents, and this information will be available in multiple languages in spring 2019. Keep an eye out for continued outreach and reminders over the next two years before the change is implemented in October 2019.