Landscape Equipment

Landscape Equipment Regulations

January 1, 2024
San Anselmo Ordinance #1173 (passed December 13, 2022)
Postcard mailed to every San Anselmo residence in April of 2023

As of January 1, 2024, only Electric Landscaping Equipment may be used within the Town Limits of San Anselmo.

Prohibited: The use of Gas-Powered Landscape Equipment {San Anselmo Municipal Code SAMC § 5-7.02 A & B} is no longer permitted within the Town limits {§ 5-7.03.}

Covered equipment includes, but is not limited to: leaf blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, edgers, pole saws, regular chainsaws, and mowers.

Two Exemptions: {§ 5-7.05 B}
A.    Chainsaws with blades or blade attachments eighteen (18) inches or longer.
B.    Large walk behind Brush Cutters. Not handheld.
All other gasoline, diesel or other volatile fueled Landscape Equipment is Prohibited.

Also Prohibited:
A. The Use of Landscape Equipment shall not extend into the Public Right of Way including Streets, Sidewalks or Planter Strips. {§ 5-7.04 A. 2}
B. Persons using Landscape Equipment shall not deposit dirt, dust, leaves, grass clippings, trimmings, green waste, or debris onto a neighboring property or onto streets, gutters, or storm drains. {§ 5-7.04 A. 3.}

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  1. Bill Johnson

    Code Enforcement Officer

  2. Sean Youra

    Climate Action Coordinator

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Other Details:

These ordinances will help reduce the Town’s greenhouse gas emissions and protect the health and safety of residents and equipment operators by reducing hazardous air pollutants emitted during the use of gas-powered landscape equipment.

Additionally, starting in 2024, California will be prohibiting the sale of new gas-powered landscape equipment per Assembly Bill 1346. This regulation will help the State achieve its goal of transitioning to 100% zero-emission off-road vehicles and equipment by 2035.

Permitted Hours of Operation for Electric Leaf Blowers only (§ 4-7.207):

A.    Single Family Residential (SFR) Only:
Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00pm
No Sundays or Federal Holidays

B.    Properties Other than SFR - (ie: commercial, multi-family residences)
Weekdays 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
No Sundays or Federal Holidays

Use Times for Electric Landscape Equipment other than Leaf Blowers:

Construction Hours:
Weekdays 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Work hours may be extended until 8:00 pm for homeowners or residents working alone on their own property.

Bald Hill – Construction Hours
Weekdays 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
No work is allowed weekends and/or Holidays observed by the Town.

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Trade-in and Rebate Program

If you haven't made the switch to electric landscape equipment yet, do not worry, we're here to help! 

We ask that you trade in your gas-powered landscape equipment (drained of fluids), and in return, you can receive a rebate discount at the point of sale for the purchase of new, electric equipment.  

The rebate application can be accessed here: in English and Spanish, click for a fillable PDF (or to print). 

You will need to bring your gas-powered landscape equipment and completed rebate application to:
Town Corporation Yard
550 San Francisco Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960 
during the times specified in the application.

If approved by staff, you will receive your rebate when purchasing new, electric landscape equipment from Jackson's Hardware in San Rafael. Please see the application packet for further details.

The rebate program will continue until the funding is depleted.

Enforcement

Enforcement: {§ 5-7.06}
A.    The Town may use any of the enforcement tools available under the Town Code or State Law, including but not limited to, administrative citations and nuisance abatement, to enforce the provisions of this Chapter.
B.    Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of an infraction.
C.    Any violation of the provisions of this ordinance is hereby declared a public nuisance and shall be subject to abatement in the manner set forth in title 1 Chapter 2.

Enforcement Procedure:
A.    First Violation - Reported or Observed: Courtesy Notice Warning Letter to property.
B.    Second Violation – Observed: Compliance Order to property.
C.    Third or More Violation - Observed: Cumulative Administrative Fines to Resident.
Enforcement is subject to change without notice.

Reporting

REPORT: To report gas-powered landscape equipment usage, during the Town business hours of 8:00 to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, you can:

  1. Best - Email: (bjohnson@townofsananselmo.org): provide the date, time and the exact address of reported gas-powered landscape equipment usage, Time stamped video or photos are helpful.
  2. Use our Report a Concern online feature and provide the time and the address of reported gas-powered landscape equipment usage. Please provide your email so we can respond, OR
  3. Call Town Code Enforcement: 415-258-4654 and leave a voicemail with the date, time and address of reported gas-powered leaf blower or landscape equipment usage.

AFTER HOURS: To report usage of gas-powered landscape equipment, or electrical equipment, outside of allowable hours Monday-Sunday, you can:

Call Central Marin Police non-emergency number: 415-927-5150.

Additional Funding 

The California Air Resources Board has released new funding to help professional landscaping businesses purchase battery-operated landscape equipment including edgers, trimmers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, and mowers, as well as extra batteries and chargers. Up to $25,000 in vouchers are available per purchaser. Available voucher amounts and details on how to purchase eligible equipment can be found at the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) website.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the San Anselmo Climate Action Commission for their tireless help with the ordinance and the rebate program. If you would like to learn more or get involved in San Anselmo's efforts in mitigating climate change, please visit this page

We would also like to thank our community partner, Jackson's Hardware, for their participation in the rebate program.