Davis Municipal Code/24.02.040

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Davis Municipal Code Chapter 24

NOISE REGULATIONS

24.02.040 Special provisions.

(a)Power Tools. The operation of power tools for noncommercial purposes shall be exempt from the provisions of sections 24.02.020(a),(b),(c) and 24.02.030, between the hours of nine a.m. and eight p.m.; provided, that such operations shall be subject to the provisions of section 24.05.010. For purposes of this section, a noncommercial use shall be any use for which a business license is not required pursuant to Chapter 19.

(b)Safety Devices. Aural warning devices which are required by law to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.

(c)Emergencies. Emergencies are exempt from this chapter.

(d)Construction. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, between the hours of seven a.m. and seven p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and between the hours of eight a.m. and eight p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, construction, alteration, repair or maintenance activities which are authorized by a valid city permit or business license, or carried out by employees or contractors of the city shall be allowed if they meet at least one of the following noise limitations:

(e)Work Required for the Public Health and Safety. Work performed by city, city franchises, persons under contract with the city for repairs or maintenance of roads, water wells, water or service lines, street sweeping, garbage removal, and similar activities are exempt from this chapter.

(f)Powered Blowers. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the private or commercial operation of powered blowers will be limited between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. on Mondays through Fridays; between the hours of 9:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. on Saturdays and shall not be operated commercially on Sundays and holidays. Private operation for single family dwellings and single-family dwellings within a Planned Development district, including condominiums, as defined in Chapter 24 of this code, shall be allowed to operate powered blowers on Sundays and holidays from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

(g)Preexisting Agricultural Activity, Operation, Facility, or Appurtenance Thereof.

(h)Pre-Existing Agricultural Processing Plants (Hunt-Wesson Cannery).

(Ord. 1955, Amended, 07/29/1998)

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2006-06-02 08:50:50   "the private or commercial operation of powered blowers will be limited between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. on Mondays through Fridays." Most students don't wake up at 8AM. My apartment complex starts blowing leaves at 8AM..argh. —PhilipNeustrom


2006-06-02 09:19:44   I was just looking for something like this...Our leaf blowers start early too....what's even worse is that currently there is construction going on right next to my effing window at The Lexington...and they start AT 7AM. I KNOW that stuff is louder than the decibel standards...I loathe them. —KarlaFung


2007-11-09 09:21:21   Can we please do something about banning leaf blowers in Davis? They pollute both sound-wise and air quality-wise. I think it is the sort of thing that could pass around here. Why can't they just pick up a rake like a normal person. —ErikKlemetti


2008-06-16 13:03:48   Be on the lookout: One specific violation they make is using more than one leaf blower at a time within 100-foot radius at the same time! That not only makes things dustier, but noisier too, which then helps them exceed the 70 dB noise limit as well. —condemned2bfree


2008-06-16 14:44:07   Maybe the city should require leaf blower users to get a permit. The city could charge a healthy fee, make some money to help fill the deficit from those who feel they must leaf-blow instead of raking, and give the leaf blowers an incentive to stop their noise and air pollution. The city commission is always going on about greenhouse gases. Here is an opportunity for them to do something about them. Leaf blowers cannot be justified. They pollute and waste fuel to do something that does not require anything more than a broom or a rake. Since the leaf blower lobby would likely claim an outright ban on leaf blowers would be an unconstituional taking- why not make them pay for their polluting and wasteful ways. —aharjala


2009-01-05 21:39:28   It's Monday night, 9:32, and there are 2 leaf blowers next to my apartment complex downtown. You can hear them all over downtown from 7AM to 9PM pretty much every day. I'm more than willing to go like WeHo and ban them altogether. I will be contacting my city Representative this week and I'll report back.

Having done landscaping work myself, I sympathize with the landscaping community 100% on this - raking isn't easy work. However, the continuous noise and dust have become worse than having some leaves on the ground. —sjoe

Update: My email to a Mr. Heystek, Lamar was not returned. I'll try the next one on the list.


2009-01-06 11:36:21   I had similar problems to those listed here. After reading the regulations, I noticed two things the company conducting the leaf blowing was doing that were in violation. First, they used three leaf blowers at a time (when only one is allowed), and they were starting earlier than allowed. I called Pat Riley of the City Parks Dept. and he was immensely helpful. Don't be afraid to call him if you notice an infraction. Do not call him just to complain about how much you hate leaf blowers. His number is 757-5656. —condemned2bfree

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