Leaf Blowing

Using a leaf blower

Cambridge has an ordinance governing all leaf blower use in the city. This ordinance designates specific dates and times when leaf blowers may and may not be used, sets operational requirements for equipment, contractors, and large property owners in order to balance the benefits and drawbacks of leafblower use.

Dates/Times Permitted & Prohibited

leafblowing with head gear

Dates Leaf Blowing is Permitted
March 15 – June 15
September 15 – December 31


Hours of Use (during permitted dates)
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Indigenous Peoples' Day: 12 noon -5:00 p.m.
Veteran’s Day: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Dates Leaf Blowing is Prohibited
June 16 – September 14
January 1 – March 14
* All Sundays and legal holidays, excluding Indigenous Peoples' Day and Veterans Day

Enforcement & Contact Information

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For enforcement

Report online via Commonwealth Connect or download the free app for iPhone/Android.

During City office hours:
License Commission: 617.349.6140

After City office hours:
Police Department: 617.349.3300

For additional information
City Manager’s Office:
leafblowers@cambridgema.gov
617.349.4300

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4800

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm