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Proposed Ordinance to restrict the use of Portable Blowers

There is a proposed ordinance to be considered and voted on by City Council on Tuesday, November 10 to regulate the use of portable blowers. This ordinance adds chapter 8.70 of the Sacramento City Code relating to portable blowers to define “Air Quality Index” as the “Current PM2.5 AQI” for downtown Sacramento, as reported by the SMAQMD on the website http://www.sparetheair.com/aqi.cfm. The regulation will prohibit operating a portable blower when the AQI is 101 of above.

Background

  • The use of portable blowers when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is high has created health concerns. 
  • According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), the AQI exceeded 100 an average of 34.4 days dating back to 2014. 
  • Vice Mayor Jeff Harris requested that the City consider amending the city code to prohibit the use of all blowers when the AQI is at or above 100.

Committee Actions

  • February 12, 2020: Staff presented proposed language to Law and Legislation Committee to amend the city code to prohibit use of portable blowers when the AQI is above 100. Committee directed staff to return with an ordinance for consideration.
  • October 13, 2020: Committee heard the proposed ordinance adding chapter 8.70 to the Sacramento City Code relating to Portable blowers and approved a motion forwarding the ordinance to the City Council for consideration.
    The approved motion included clarifying the ordinance to prohibit use when the AQI is 101 or above.

Enforcement

Code Enforcement of the new ordinance would be based on complaints from the community. Violations of the code are subject to administrative penalties in accordance with Sacramento City Code 1.28. Outreach will be conducted to ensure businesses and residents are aware of the the new restrictions.

Related Documents

Contact

Jose Mendez, Code Enforcement Manager

Email: jmendez@cityofsacramento.org

Phone: 916-808-5947