Leaf Blower Noise Ordinances

Here are the Leaf Blower Noise Ordinances for the cities of Los Gatos, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Saratoga, and Burlingame.

Read the noise ordinances below for details to see which backpack and handheld leaf blowers are approved for usage in each city.

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Los Gatos – link to ordinance
  • Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Banned
  • Electric Powered: Less than 65 dBA
  • Electric Powered:
    Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
    Saturday: 9am-4pm
Palo Altolink to ordinance
  • Gas Powered: Less than 75 dBA
  • Electric Powered: Less than 95 dBA
  • Electric Powered:
    Monday-Friday: 8am-8pm
    Saturday: 9am-6pm
    Sunday & Holidays: 10am-6pm
  • Gas Powered:
    Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
    Sunday: 10am-4pm
Los Altoslink to ordinance
  • Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Banned
  • Electric Powered:
    Monday-Friday: 8am-8pm
    Saturday: 9am-6pm
    Sunday & Holidays: 10am-6pm
Saratoga – link to ordinance
  • Must use leaf blowers with less than 65 dBA
  • 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. The ordinance goes into effect on October 1, 2019.
Burlingame – link to ordinance
  • Must use leaf blowers with less than 65 dBA
  • Commercial blowers may be used on only ONE day per week, per area, with an extra day for R3 and R4 buildings on Fridays.
  • Residents may use their own blowers on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, as well as on their assigned weekday.
  • Commercial blowers must display a sticker, issued by the Department of Public Works, certifying that the machinery is more than 65 decibels.