Leaf blower

Leaf blowers

Leaf blowers can be operated in Vancouver, but not in the West End.

The West End is the area bounded by Stanley Park, Burrard Street, West Georgia Street, and Beach Avenue.

Allowed types of leaf blowers

The City of Vancouver defines a leaf blower as backpack-mounted or handheld machine used for blowing or sucking up leaves, grass, or debris. Leaf blowers may have vacuum attachments. Vehicle-mounted leaf blowers are not included in this definition.

Manufacturer's decal

A manufacturer’s decal must be attached to the leaf blower that certifies it meets the "Category 1 – dB (A) ≤ 65" equipment standard set out in ANSI B175.2 – 200, published by the Portable Power Equipment Manufacturer’s Association. The decal includes the following text:

[ The manufacturer's model number ]
Maximum sound level 65 dB(A)
Measured at 50 ft (15 m) Per ANSI B175.2 – 200

When you can operate a leaf blower

Day Less than 50 m from a residence More than 50 m from a residence
Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm 7am - 10pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm 7am - 10pm
Sundays and holidays Not allowed 10am - 10pm 

Noise Control By-law

Regulates noise: construction, garbage/recycling trucks, carpet cleaning trucks, leaf blowers, animals, people, and more.