FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2019
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Town’s New Landscaping Law Will Prohibit Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers from June 15-Sept. 15, Starting in 2020
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Town Board passed legislation earlier this year aimed at reducing noise and air pollution caused by gas-powered leaf blowers. The new regulations go into effect January 1, 2020. Under the new regulations, commercial landscapers will be prohibited from using gas-powered leaf blowers from June 15 to September 15.
“I believe that this law benefits our environment and our residents without over burdening the landscapers who depend on this business for their livelihood,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “We greatly appreciate the assistance of our Landscaper Advisory Committee, which consists of environmentally conscious residents, members of the landscaping community and Town staff who all helped us craft the law.”
Commercial landscaping is permitted between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and no operation on Sundays and holidays. These restrictions may be suspended during emergencies.
Restrictions will not apply to use at golf courses and cemeteries, except when equipment is operated within 100 feet of a lot containing a residence.
The Supervisor established a Landscaper Advisory Committee last year to help craft the new regulations and to advise the Town Board on landscaping matters.
Other regulations included in the new “Landscaping and Gardening” code:
o Leaves, grass, etc. may not be deposited on public property or another person’s private property.
o If leaves and clippings are removed from the site, such removal must be in vehicle secured with a tarp.
o No spillage or dumping of oil or gas products.
o No burning of waste, leaves, cuttings, etc.
• Licensing regulations: Commercial landscapers must have valid license issued by the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs.
• The commercial landscapers must also be permitted by the Town Clerk. There is a fee, but a reduced fee for applicants with receipts showing the purchase of 5 or more pieces of battery or electric powered landscaping equipment.
• If a landscaper is permitted by a village within the town, that will be accepted.
• Suspension/revocation/denial of license.
o False statements on application, error in issuance or failure to comply with regulations or statutes can result in suspension or revocation of license.
o One year waiting period to reapply for a license following revocation or denial of license.
• Penalties for offenses include fines and/or jail time or both.
• Effective date is January 1, 2020
If you need more information call the Town’s 311 Call Center.