FAQ: Are the hours that power garden equipment can be used regulated?
The answer is yes but with more flexibility than general construction which is limited to 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Typical garden equipment, other than wood-chippers, chainsaws, stump grinders and similar heavy equipment can be used:
Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 3 pm
Here is an excerpt from the Atherton Municipal Code Section 8.16.050:
Power Garden Equipment.
1. Power garden equipment including but not limited to, leaf-blowers, vacuums, power mowers, rototillers, and other similar equipment are exempt from the basic noise regulation between the hours of eight a.m. and six p.m. Monday through Friday, ten a.m. and five p.m. on Saturday and ten a.m. and three p.m. on Sunday.
2. Heavy duty equipment including but not limited to wood-chippers, chain-saws, stump-removers and other similar equipment are exempt from the basic noise regulation between the hours of eight a.m. and five p.m. Monday through Friday only.
3. All garden, maintenance and construction equipment used in the town must be equipped with a muffler where applicable and be in good repair.