Gasoline-Powered Leaf Blower Ban

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 asphalt 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.