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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Leaf Blower Nuisance Control By-Law

As spring is upon us we want to remind you of the rules pertaining to the operation of leaf blowers. These rules are covered in our Nuisance Control By -Law. This Nuisance Control by Law can be found on the Town Of Brookline Website. Set out below are pertinent sections addressed in the By-Law

•Leaf blowers shall not be operated except between March 15 and May 15 and between September 15 and December 15 in each year.
•No leaf blower shall be operated before 8:00 AM or later than 8:00 PM Monday through Friday. No leaf blower shall be operated before 9:00A.M or after 8:00 P.M on the weekends and holidays.
•All leaf blowers are to be operated as recommended by the manufacturer. No modifications to the machine are allowed.
•In the event that a police officer or other Town employee, observes that a leaf blower has been modified or damaged, or does not have the proper manufacturer’s or Town label, the operator will be instructed to have the machine tested by the Town
• The provisions of this subsection do not apply to the use of leaf blowers by the Town and its contractors
•Inspections will be conducted by the Town at the DPW facility at 870 Hammond Street every first and third Tuesday night. These inspections will determine whether or not the machines are in compliance with the acceptable noise levels as set out in the by-law. No appointments necessary. The by-law prohibits the use of leaf blowers that exceed 67db. Those machines that pass inspection will be furnished with a label indicating that they may be operated within Brookline.
•Questions and information call the DPW at 617-646-2700.

We are recommending that you check your leaf blowers for the proper manufacturer’s label indicating that the noise level of the machine does not exceed 67 db. If it does, it will be illegal to use this machine in Brookline and you may be subject to a fine. If no label is attached, we strongly suggest you attend an inspection at your earliest convenience.

Thank You.

Brookline Police Department

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