The operation of any nonelectric backpack mounted, handheld, or wheel mounted leaf blower ("regulated leaf blower") or any powered (gas or electric) lawn maintenance equipment, including, but not limited to, lawn mowers, trimmers, and tractors, are declared a public nuisance except during the following hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M., and Saturday/Sunday/holidays: 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.; however, that this limitation shall not apply to the use of:
1. Equipment for the removal of snow, including, without limitation, snowblowers, plows or power shovels; and
2. The use of a regulated leaf blower or other nonelectric power equipment:
- For golf course maintenance;
- For ordinary public property maintenance activities occurring at least one hundred feet from the lot line of any residence;
- For cleanup activities necessary as a result of extreme weather or other emergency conditions as determined and authorized in advance by the Village Administrator; and
- In addition, to the permitted hours of operation listed above, property owners performing landscape maintenance activities themselves on their own property may do so to dusk any day of the week.
Additionally, the Village offers the following tips for residents when hiring landscape contractors:
- Ensure your landscape contractor carries adequate general liability, automobile liability, and workman’s compensation insurance for job related injuries or health risks;
- Consider requiring a bond which will protect homeowners in the event the terms of the contract are not met by the landscape contractor. Ensure the bond is valid and the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work;
- Request the landscape contractor conduct a hazards assessment of your property prior to starting any work. A hazards assessment should include identifying uneven terrain, fall hazards, overhead wires and legal and appropriate places to park trucks and related equipment, among other opportunities to promote safety;
- Understand the methods of training that landscape contractors require of their employees, as well as the company’s drug and alcohol policy;
- Avoid having work performed when it’s raining or wet outside; and
- Consider the reputation of the landscape contractor and speak to friends and neighbors or search the internet for references on past performance, as well as ask if the landscape contractor belongs to any professional organization for landscape companies.
To report a complaint regarding work conducted outside of the permissible hours, please contact the Lake Bluff Police Department at 847-234-8760, x2.