Leaf Blowers

Between May 15 and September 30, the Village of Wilmette prohibits the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers.  (Wilmette Village Code, Ch. 16, Sec. 16-115)

Click here for more information on the seasonal ban, enforcement procedures, and how you can help enforce this Village Ordinance!

To report violations, please contact the Wilmette Police Department non-emergency line at 847-256-1200.

This prohibition includes using an electric leaf blower powered by a portable gasoline generator.

This prohibition does NOT prohibit the use of electric leaf blowers plugged into permanently installed electrical outlets attached to a permanent structure such as a residential single family or multi-family dwelling.

The only exceptions to this prohibition are:
Use on golf courses, public parks or other Wilmette Park District property
Use for roof, gutter and downspout cleaning
Use in paving, repair or patching of public streets and alleys, or for preparation of private ashpalt surfaces prior to seal coating.

Between October 1 and May 14, the Village of Wilmette permits the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers, however use of a gasoline-powered leaf blower during that time of year is limited to no more than 30 minutes in any three hour period on lots of one-half acre (21,780 square feet) or less (which is a typical single family home).

Residents can aid in the helping to curtail the nuisance caused in summer months by leaf blowers – please speak to your landscaping contractor and tell them not to use their leaf blowers during the summer months. Click here for a bilingual leaf blower handout that can be provided to landscapers.


This page was updated on 5/25/21.