Green Newton endorses action by Newton’s Board of Aldermen toward improved management of leaf blowers in Newton. Their unrestricted use creates an unacceptable environmental harm in terms of excessive noise levels, polluting emissions including dangerous particulates, and lofting of dust and dirt including animal waste into the air over our city sidewalks and streets.
Proposed Leaf Blower Regulations
An updated version of the draft Leaf Blower Ordinance under consideration is available on the City’s website HERE.
In summary, the draft ordinance proposes the following changes to the City’s Noise Ordinance:
Time, Date and Season Restrictions
Current allowed use:
Mondays – Fridays from 7am – 8pm
Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays from 9:30am – 8pm (No seasonal restrictions)
Proposed allowed use:
Mondays – Fridays from 8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturdays from 9:30am – 5:30pm
Prohibited on Sundays and legal holidays
Seasonal ban would allow use from March 15 – May 1; and October 15 – December 1 only