Spring clean-up and yard work season is near, and that means landscapers are starting to work in Newton. If your landscaping company is using leaf blowers, make sure the company is registered with the City. All commercial landscapers who use leaf blowers in Newton need to register with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) before working on properties in the City.

Please know that homeowners can be held responsible and fined if their landscaper is unregistered and violates the noise ordinance at their property.

To register, landscapers need to provide contact information and attest that they understand Newton’s ordinance which prohibits the use of all leaf blowers at or above 65 decibels, no exceptions. Landscapers will also need to post registration information on their company vehicles. The registration fee is $50, and companies can be fined for violations. Multiple fines could result in a suspension of operating privileges in Newton.

The City has hired a seasonal inspector who will be proactively enforcing our new landscaper registration program in cooperation with the Police Department.

Gas or electric leaf blowers that meet the decibel requirement are allowed for spring clean-up Monday through Friday, 7am to 5 pm and Saturdays 8am to 5pm through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

During the summer between Memorial Day to Labor Day, all gas-powered leaf blowers are prohibited and just one electric or battery powered leaf blower per property is allowed at one time.