Leaf Blower Information & Rebates
On October 11, 2022, City Council adopted ordinance 2022-11, which amended the St. Helena Municipal Code and banned the use of any leaf blowers not powered by battery or electricity. The ordinance went in effect on January 1, 2023, and enforcement of the new ordinance began on April 1, 2023.
The new regulations address health, safety, environmental and noise concerns posed by gas-powered leaf blowers.
Additional details about the ordinance, enforcement, reporting a violation, and rebate programs can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
Beginning April 1, 2023, staff began enforcement, which includes the potential to issue citations and fines.
Reporting a Violation of the Ordinance
Violations of this ordinance can be reported by email:
- Send email to email@example.com. When sending an email, please include the following information:
- Date of reported violation
- Time of violation
- Location of violation (street address)
City staff logs and tracks all reports of violations and will continue with outreach and enforcement.
If you see a violation do not call 9-1-1 as 9-1-1 is reserved only for emergency and life threatening circumstances.
Please note, all reports of violations will be looked into. Given the City's limited staffing capacity, we may not be able to respond immediately to every complaint. However, since most landscape work is cyclical, this data will enable us to contact the subject of the complaint in subsequent weeks and will follow-up with landscapers and homeowners on reported violations. The City is committed to addressing excessive noise in our community and therefore would appreciate your cooperation and patience. However, under no circumstances should the City's emergency line (9-1-1) be used to register a leaf blower or noise complaint. Complaints regarding leaf blowers are not life threatening and thus not an emergency.
Rebates and Vouchers:
Residential Rebate Program
Commercial Rebate Program
State of California Voucher Program
State of California CORE Voucher Program for Commercial Users:
The State has developed a voucher program for small businesses for landscaping equipment that includes electric leaf blowers. This program is administered through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) under the Clean Off Road Equipment (CORE) Voucher Incentive Program. CORE allows small businesses to directly purchase an electric leaf blower from an authorized seller for up to 70% of the costs including a battery and charger. The program ends when the funding is expended.
As of early January 2023, for microbusinesses, $3.9 of $10 million has been used, and for small businesses, $1.7 of $17 million has been used. Learn more about the CORE Voucher Program by visiting CaliforniaCore.org.
For commercial users, the steps to participate include:
- Select an eligible professional landscape service equipment type that fits your business needs from the equipment catalog.
- Contact an approved dealer to submit a voucher request for an eligible professional landscape service equipment type.
- The dealer will submit the voucher request to the Voucher Processing Center (VPC).
- The equipment purchaser will receive the CORE incentive at the point of sale.