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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers are Prohibited in the Town of Corte Madera

Leaf-Blower Ban

The Town of Corte Madera would like to remind residents and contractors that effective March 1, 2020, the use of any gasoline-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited at any  time within the Town. (Corte Madera Municipal Code 9.36.040 adopted November 19, 2019) 

We ask that persons  currently operating gasoline-powered leaf blowers discontinue their use. 

We want you to know that leaf blowers can still be used as long as they are not gasoline-powered and as long as they are used during the times allowed by the Corte Madera Municipal Code. The Corte Madera Municipal Code states that it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any leaf blower during the following times: 

1. Residential Properties other than Multi-Unit Residences: No leaf blower may be operated at any residential property that is not a multi-unit residence except between the hours of nine a.m. and five p.m. on weekdays and between the hours of ten a.m. and four p.m. on Saturdays. 

2. Other Properties and Use by Town: No leaf blower may be operated at any multi-unit residence or nonresidential property, and no leaf blower may be operated by on-duty staff or contractors of the town, except between the hours of seven a.m. and five p.m. on weekdays, and between the hours of ten a.m. and four p.m. on Saturdays. 

3. Sundays and Holidays: It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a leaf blower in any area of the town on Sundays or federal holidays. 

Additionally, it is important to note that the Corte Madera Municipal Code also states that it shall be unlawful for any person who operates a leaf blower within the town to allow any leaves, dirt or any other debris blown to enter the storm drain system. All leaves, dirt, or any other debris blown on to public property or in the public right-of-way must be cleaned up and removed. 


A violation of any provisions of Chapter 9.36 of the Municipal Code shall constitute an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation of the same ordinance within one year, and $500 for each additional violation of the same ordinance within one year. (Gov. Code, § 36900)

We ask that you share this information with your friends, neighbors, personal contractors and anyone who you believe will be affected. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Town of Corte Madera at (415)927-5050.


If you would like to read the text from the Corte Madera Municipal Code, please use the following link: https://library.municode.com/ca/corte_madera/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT9PESAMO_CH9.36NO


To view and share the information flyer regarding this subject matter, please use the following link: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/DocumentCenter/View/4800/Leaf-Blower-Flyer


To read the staff report from the October 15, 2019 Town Council Meeting when the Noise Ordinance was discussed, please click on the following link: http://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/451831/5.A._Staff_Report_and_Attachments.pdf 

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