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Posted on: November 2, 2022

Update: Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban

The Village’s ban is year-round.  Recently, we learned that the Town of Chevy Chase adopted an ordinance that bans gas leaf blowers EXCEPT during the autumn months.  Some landscape crews have mistakenly assumed that this seasonal exemption applies in the Village—WHICH IT DOES NOT.  The Village ordinance prohibits the use of gas leaf blowers every day of the year.

Please remind your contractor that the ban on gas-powered leaf blowers applies year-round in Chevy Chase Village.

Maximum noise limits still apply to battery-powered blowers.  Residents and landscapers are reminded that Montgomery County’s Noise Ordinance applies to the use of battery-powered and electric leaf blowers.  The county’s Noise Ordinance states that “a person must not...use a leaf blower at any time that has an average sound level exceeding 70 dBA at a distance of 50 feet.” Additionally, the simultaneous use of multiple leaf blowers that are compliant with the 70 dBA limit can create noise of a sufficient level to qualify as a violation and/or noise disturbance.

Residents are responsible for discussing these restrictions with their yard maintenance crews.  Click here for more information.

To view the county’s leaf blower notice, visit: https://www.chevychasevillagemd.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=912.   Click here to review the Montgomery County Noise Ordinance and the provisions pertaining to leaf blowers (Section 31B-9).

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