Earlier this spring the Village Board took action that will impact lawn maintenance and landscaping practices in Oak Park moving forward. Effective June 1, 2025, no gasoline-powered leaf blower may be operated in Oak Park at any time. Currently, gas-powered leaf blowers may be operated only between October 31 and May 31. Electric leaf blowers may be used year-round. Per Village ordinance, the operation of all leaf blowing equipment is allowed between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. These hours differ and are more restrictive than those listed in the Village Code’s noise ordinance, which applies between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. The use of any leaf blower in excess of more than 65 decibels, as rated by manufacturer’s specifications, is also prohibited at any time under the current Village Code. The prohibition of gas-powered leaf blowers is one step the Village is taking to achieve the goals to decrease greenhouse gas emissions set forth in the Climate Ready Oak Park plan.
Impacts for landscaping businesses…Any contractor owning or operating any lawn maintenance or landscaping business that does work in the Village must now obtain a license to do so. Information about obtaining a lawn maintenance license will be available and shared with local landscaping companies. To learn more about the business licensing process, lawn maintenance or landscape business operators are encouraged to contact the Village’s Development Customer Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available at www.engageoakpark.com/landscaping-practices.