City Drops Allowable Decibels, Restricts Hours for Leaf Blowers

Effective November 24, 2022, all leaf blowers operating within Culver City must not exceed 65 decibels. Inspections of equipment will be required and equipment which does not meet this standard will be prohibited from use. Operators failing to adhere to the new standards are subject to citations with fines.

Operation of leaf blowers within the City of Culver City shall be permitted only between:
8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Operators shall consider the impact of machine noise on the nearby inhabitants when using the machines in or adjacent to residential neighborhoods.
No leaf blower shall be operated without a proper muffler. No more than one leaf blower at a time shall be used at any residence.
Before beginning a job, operators of leaf blowers shall check the wind direction and limit operation to avoid blowing debris into open doors and windows of nearby residences.
Before beginning a job, operators of leaf blowers shall sprinkle water over the area where the leaf blower shall be used and, if necessary, to minimize dust, shall use a mist attachment with the leaf blower.
Operators shall rake, pick up and dispose of large waste matter prior to using the leaf blower, and shall use a broom when blowing debris off sidewalks or other paved areas. Any debris blown into the street or onto neighboring premises shall be picked up and disposed of properly.

City of Culver City

Editor’s Note – 70 decibels is considered average for a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer. 

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  1. Sooo…are there any actual and tangible issues the bureaucrats in Culver City can address now that the epic scourge of leaf blower noise has been solved?

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