Zero-Emission Equipment Ordinance
The City Council will consider an ordinance to ban the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers and other landscape maintenance equipment starting in 2023.
Public workshops will be starting soon.
The City will be seeking input from landscape maintenance professionals and the general public about which types of sizes of gasoline powered equipment should be prohibited, and which types should continue to be allowed.
Gasoline powered leaf blowers and other landscape maintenance equipment are a significant source of air pollution in California. Referred to as Small Off Road Engines (SORE), these small engines are significantly more polluting than passengers cars. Operating a leaf blower for one hour creates as much air pollution as driving 1,100 miles from Los Angeles to Denver! Please visit the California Air Resources Board web site for more information.
In addition to air pollution, leaf blowers and other equipment cause noise pollution and can have health impacts on their operators. The City Council sought to address this in 2012 with the adoption of Leaf Blower Guidelines. However, these guidelines only restrict the time of usage and encourage steps to reduce noise and dust.
In November 2021, the City Council took the next step of considering stricter regulation of gasoline powered leaf blowers and other landscape maintenance equipment. The Council directed staff to move forward with two parallel efforts:
- Transition maintenance of all Westlake Village parks and facilities to zero-emission equipment (i.e., battery powered) in conjunction with new landscape maintenance contracts to be executed in 2022. Seek “Green Zone” certification from the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) to recognize the City’s use of zero-emission equipment.
- Prepare an ordinance for City Council consideration to prohibit the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers starting January 1, 2023, and to prohibit the use of other gasoline powered landscape maintenance equipment starting July 1, 2023.
These prohibitions would apply Citywide to all homeowners, gardeners, homeowners associations, and landscape maintenance companies. Persons and companies wishing to use such equipment would be required to transition to battery, electric, and/or hand powered equipment.
The first prohibition, effective January 1, 2023, would prohibit all types of gasoline powered leaf blowers including two-stroke and four-stroke engines.
The second prohibition, effective July 1, 2023, will include certain types and sizes of landscape maintenance equipment which may include lawnmowers, string trimmers, edgers, hedge clippers, and similar equipment. The City will be seeking input from landscape maintenance professionals and the general public about which types of sizes of gasoline powered equipment should be prohibited, and which types should continue to be allowed.
Public workshops and outreach efforts regarding the prohibition on gasoline powered leaf blowers and other equipment will begin in spring 2022. Below is a timeline for the ordinance process.