Zero-Emission Equipment Ordinance
Leaf Blower Ordinance
On September 14, 2022, the City Council introduced an ordinance to prohibit the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers in Westlake Village starting January 1, 2023. This prohibition applies Citywide to all homeowners, gardeners, homeowners associations, and landscape maintenance companies. Persons and companies wishing to use such equipment will be required to transition to battery, electric, and/or hand powered equipment. More information will be available here soon regarding equipment exchange and grant programs to help offset the cost of new equipment.
Virtual community workshops were held via Zoom on May 26, 2022 and June 28, 2022. An in-person workshop and equipment demonstration was held on September 7, 2022 at the Westlake Village Civic Center.
Other Equipment Ordinance
This winter, the City Council will consider an ordinance to ban the use of other gasoline powered landscape maintenance equipment starting July 1, 2023. The City will be seeking input from landscape maintenance professionals and the general public about which types of sizes of gasoline powered equipment should be prohibited, and which types should continue to be allowed.
Gasoline powered leaf blowers and other landscape maintenance equipment are a significant source of air pollution in California. Referred to as Small Off Road Engines (SORE), these small engines are significantly more polluting than passengers cars. Operating a leaf blower for one hour creates as much air pollution as driving 1,100 miles from Los Angeles to Denver! Please visit the California Air Resources Board web site for more information.
In addition to air pollution, leaf blowers and other equipment cause noise pollution and can have health impacts on their operators. The City Council sought to address this in 2012 with the adoption of Leaf Blower Guidelines. However, these guidelines only restrict the time of usage and encourage steps to reduce noise and dust.
In November 2021, the City Council took the next step of considering stricter regulation of gasoline powered leaf blowers and other landscape maintenance equipment. The Council directed staff to move forward with two parallel efforts:
- Transition maintenance of all Westlake Village parks and facilities to zero-emission equipment (i.e., battery powered) in conjunction with new landscape maintenance contracts to be executed in 2022. Seek “Green Zone” certification from the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) to recognize the City’s use of zero-emission equipment.
- Prepare ordinances to prohibit the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers starting January 1, 2023, and to prohibit the use of other gasoline powered landscape maintenance equipment starting July 1, 2023.
Below is a timeline for the ordinance process.