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Posted on: May 25, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Landscape Equipment Ordinance Changes Effective June 1, 2023

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Use of gas powered Landscape Equipment is Prohibited beginning June 1, 2023:

As of June 1, 2023, the use of electric (either battery- operated or corded) landscape equipment will be required for residents, Town staff and Town contractorsThe use of gas powered landscape equipment is prohibited. (adoption of Ordinance # 1173, which replaced Ordinance #1157)

Starting January 1, 2024, the use of electric landscape equipment will be required and enforced for commercial landscapers as well.

Covered equipment includes, but is not limited to, leaf blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, edgers, pole saws, chainsaws, and mowers. Chainsaws with blades or blade attachments 18 inches or longer and brush cutters are exempted. 

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.

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 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 to:
Town Corporation Yard
550 San Francisco Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960 
during the times specified in the application.

You can submit your filled-out form and supporting documentation for approval. If approved, 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.

Enforcement:

Starting on June 1, 2023 and through December 1, 2023, any resident using gas-powered landscape equipment will be issued a warning letter explaining the new regulations per Ordinance 1173.

After December 1, 2023, if a warning letter was already issued, a $100 citation will be issued. If additional violations are reported and confirmed, increasing citations of $200 - $500 may be issued.  

Starting January 1, 2024, the use of electric landscape equipment will be required and enforced for commercial landscapers as well.

For more information, please visit the Landscape Equipment page on the Town website: HERE



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