The purpose of the noise pollution ordinance is to reduce disturbances within the city, thereby enhancing the well-being and quality of life for residents and visitors to White Plains. The goal is to create a workable law that seeks to improve the quality of life for residents in our city while recognizing the needs of businesses and commercial entities.
Noteworthy changes include:
No landscape maintenance equipment and leaf blowers, regardless of whether such equipment is powered by gas, battery, or electric, shall be used between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on weekdays, and between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
The fall clean-up season will start on October 15 rather than October 1st and ends on December 1st. The spring clean-up season remains March 15 to May 15.
Internal combustion leaf blowers shall no longer be permitted after May 15, 2023.
Non-combustion leaf blowers may be used year-round, in accordance with the day/time use usage restrictions discussed above.
Construction, repair, and demolition: No person shall operate or permit the operation of any tool or equipment used in construction, repair, demolition or excavation between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on weekdays and between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.
Persons Responsible for Noise Violations. Any or all of the following persons may be held responsible for noise violations:
(a) The person operating the equipment or creating the noise;
(b) The person who employs the person operating the equipment or creating the
noise at the time of the violation;
(c) The person who owns or rents the property where the violation occurs;
(d) A sponsor or promoter who is managing entertainment, music, or a social
gathering who is not the owner of the property, where the gathering occurs