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Posted on: July 6, 2022

Bylaw Regulating Landscape Equipment is Now In Effect

Man with leafblower

A bylaw regulating noise from landscape maintenance equipment in Lexington during certain times is now in effect. The bylaw also places seasonal restrictions on gas-powered leaf blowers (GLB), with an eventual phase-out of GLBs by 2025 for commercial landscapers.

What to Know

This bylaw adds the following provisions to the Town’s existing Noise Bylaw:

  1. Sets new allowed hours for the use of landscape maintenance equipment:
    1. Landscapers
      • Weekdays, 7 AM to 6 PM
      • Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
    2. Residents
      • Weekdays, 7 AM to 8 PM
      • Weekends and legal holidays, 9 AM to 5 PM
  2. Seasonal restrictions are imposed on gas-powered leaf blowers:
    1. Gas-powered leaf blower use by any user is limited to the following designated fall and spring cleanup periods:
      • Spring: March 15 to May 31
      • Fall: September 15 to December 30
  3. The use of gas-powered leaf blowers will be phased out:
    1. Effective March 15, 2025, the use of gas-powered leaf blowers by commercial landscapers will not be allowed. An exemption allows the continued use of wheeled leaf blowers powered by four-stroke engines on lots larger than 1 acre.
    2. Residents will be allowed to use gas-powered leaf blowers on their own property until March 15, 2026.

Learn more about this bylaw

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