We have a new registration requirement for commercial landscapers who use leaf blowers in Newton. Starting on Labor Day, these companies will need to register with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) before working on properties in the City.
The leaf blower noise ordinance was passed into law by the City Council four years ago and among other things prohibits the use of all leaf blowers at or above 65 decibels. (There are no exceptions.)
Additional information about leaf blower regulations can be found at https://www.newtonma.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/69328.
These new changes, passed by the City Council this week, require landscapers to register with ISD, provide contact information, and attest that they understand Newton’s bylaw. The landscapers will also be required 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.
Homeowners please know that the changes include a provision that they can be held responsible and fined if an unregistered landscaper violates the noise ordinance at their property. The City will post a list of registered landscapers this fall so homeowners will know who is in compliance with the ordinance. (We will remind everyone in late August.)
Please remember that gas-powered leaf blowers are prohibited from Memorial Day to Labor Day.