Zero Emissions Landscaping

The Law

In Mill Valley, it is unlawful to operate a gas-powered device to blow leaves, dirt,  or other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns, or other surfaces within any area of the City. Violators could be fined as much as $500, to report a violation please contact the Police Department.

Beginning in 2024, California will also ban the sales of new gas-powered tools under 25 horsepower. Switching to electric landscaping gear can replace traditional gas tools, saving about $1500 annually in fuel and operational costs compared to gas-powered alternatives

What You Can DoPerson using electric leaf blower to clean fallen leaves

Encourage your landscaping contractor to use a zero-emission approach. You can also:

  • Limit landscaping hours
  • Limit power tool use hours on mornings, evenings, and weekends
  • Consider low-maintenance, water-saving landscaping
  • Residents who would like to assist in notifying their neighbors or their gardeners can print out this helpful Gas Powered Leaf Blowers Flyer that explains the City's ordinance and funding opportunities in both English and Spanish

Switch Out Your Equipment for Less!

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved that funding would be implemented through the Clean Off-Road Equipment Incentive Project (CORE). 

These funds are intended to purchase qualifying zero-emission professional landscape service equipment. CORE vouchers provide a point-of-sale discount to professional landscapers to purchase new zero-emission landscape equipment powered by a battery-electric and/or hydrogen fuel cell-electric powertrain. 

To learn more about discounted landscape equipment purchasing visit