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Enforcement of the Gasoline-Powered Leaf Blowers will begin April 1, 2019 !

The City of Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and Office of Sustainability is
offering a rebate to residents of Palm Springs when you exchange a working gasoline-powered leaf blower for an electric leaf blower.  (Commercial Businesses— see the SCAQMD link for their Exchange Program)
Click on the flyer below to complete an application:

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Professional Gardeners and Landscapers - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has released their 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Incentive and Exchange Program. You can exchange your gasoline-powered leaf blower for an electric blower at a reduced price! See the flyer below for information on how to get your new electric blower.

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Gas Powered Leaf Blower Ban


City of Palm Springs City Council Votes to Ban all Gasoline Powered Leaf Blowers; Enforcement Will Not Officially Begin Until an Exchange Program is in Place

The new City of Palm Springs ordinance prohibiting gas-powered leaf blowers will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. However, enforcement will not officially begin until an exchange program is in place, which could be sometime in April, 2019.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more information coming soon about the new incentive program aimed at helping residents and landscapers exchange their gas-powered blowers for electric.

On June 23, 2016, at a joint meeting of the City Council and Sustainability Commission, the City Council received a presentation on development of regulations limiting the use of leaf blowers throughout the City, and directed the Sustainability Commission to conduct studies and develop options for the reductions and/or elimination of gas powered leaf blowers.

Subsequently, following Council’s direction, at its meeting of December 20, 2016, the Sustainability Commission unanimously approved a recommendation that the City Council phase out gas powered leaf blowers and eliminate them in all areas/zoning of the City by December 31, 2018. The Sustainability Commission also recommended a program to test battery powered blowers and other maintenance equipment by City employees and contractors, and that the City provide an exchange program for gardener/landscaper-owned gas powered leaf blowers.

At its meeting of May 17, 2017, the City Council considered an Ordinance to amend the Palm Springs Municipal Code to prohibit the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers with an effective date of January 1, 2019. At that time, the Council directed staff to review and return for consideration an Ordinance prohibiting the use of both gasoline-powered and electrical/battery-powered leaf blowers within the City.

This item has returned to Council upon its direction and will allow Council to consider adopting an Ordinance to regulate the operation of leaf blowers (either gasoline-powered, or both gasoline-powered and electrical/battery-powered).

At the July 19, 2017 City Council Meeting the following Ordinance was approved:

Waive the reading of text in its entirety, read by title only, and introduce for first reading Ordinance No. _(TBD)_, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ADDING SUBSECTION (k) TO SECTION 11.74.043 AND SECTION 5.78.050, AND AMENDING SECTION 5.78.010 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE, REGARDING LOUD, UNUSUAL NOISES AND LANDSCAPE RELATED BUSINESSES, PROHIBITING GASOLINE POWERED LEAF BLOWERS IN THE CITY AS A PER SE NUISANCE COMMENCING ON JANUARY 1, 2019, AND PROVIDING FOR REGULATION OF ELECTRICAL OR BATTERY POWERED LEAF BLOWERS.” 

For complete information, follow the links below to view the documents listed: 

* City Ordinance Number 1932 - Gasoline Powered Leaf Blower Ban *

* Full Staff Report *

* Ad Hoc Subcommittee Report *

* SCAQMD April 7, 2017 Board Meeting Exchange Program Minutes *

Learn more about Leaf Blower Strategy for the City of Palm Springs:

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