Ban on Gasoline-Powered Leaf Blowers Takes Effect for Washington DC

As of January 1, 2022, the District of Columbia’s Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act of 2018 has taken effect.

The Act prohibits the use of all gasoline-powered leaf blowers throughout the District of Columbia by companies or individuals. In addition, the Act prohibits the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers in the District, and requires retailers of gasoline-powered leaf blowers to provide conspicuous notice that those leaf blowers may not be used in DC.

Companies or individuals that use gasoline-powered leaf blowers after this date are subject to fines of up to $500 for each offense. Potential violations can be reported by any person who observes a gas-powered leaf blower in use in the District (with appropriate evidence being provided to support the claim). Although the District’s prior law required noise readings, the new law does away with the noise-reading requirement.

Contractors and others with an active DC Business License can obtain commercial and residential rebates from the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU): $75 per commercial qualifying product, and $50 per residential qualifying product; limit to five products per business per qualifying year.


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