Are gas-powered leaf blowers allowed in Mill Valley?

Please remember that the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers is prohibited by the Mill Valley Municipal Code in an effort to minimize noise and emissions. Violators could be fined as much as $500. Please contact the Police Department to report violations. 

Instead of using gas-powered leaf blowers, residents and gardeners are encouraged to rake or sweep leaves and debris into piles and dispose of them in the appropriate green trash bin. Residents and gardeners can also use electric leaf blowers or electric leaf vacuums to collect and dispose of leaves. Please do not leave piles of leaves in the roadway. Leaves left in the street will block storm drains and may lead to flooding.

To conserve water, please do not use a watering hose to clear leaves and debris from driveways, sidewalks, and streets. This is a Marin Municipal Water District prohibited water use and can be punishable by a fine up to $500.

Residents who would like to assist in notifying their neighbors or their gardeners can print out this helpful Gas Powered Leaf Blowers Flyer that explains the City's ordinance and funding opportunities in both English and Spanish.

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1. Can I flush my pool water onto the ground or down a storm drain?
2. What are the dangers of mold and mildew and whom do I call if I encounter this problem?
3. I disagree that my property has a violation. Can I appeal the staff's determination of the violation?
4. How much will my building permit cost?
5. What will happen if I don't get a permit for the work that generated the violation?
6. I received notice for a code violation. Who turned me in?
7. What is required regarding trash, debris, indoor and outdoor storage?
8. Who do I report graffiti to?
9. What do I do if I own or know of a vacant, unsecured substandard structure?
10. The person who turned me in has a violation on their property. Why aren't you investigating them?
11. Are gas-powered leaf blowers allowed in Mill Valley?
12. Can I keep bees?
13. Can I keep chickens or rabbits in my yard?
14. My neighbor's construction project is making a lot of noise - what is allowed?
15. Does the City require yard and lot maintenance? If so, why?
16. Why should pools be maintained and what should I do if I know of someone with a pool that is not being maintained?
17. Who do I contact if I want to change or put a new sign outside of my business?
18. Why do I have to pay penalties if I'm getting a permit to correct the violation?
19. How do I report a code violation?
20. How long do I have to fix the violation?
21. What are the rules if I want to run a business out of my home?
22. How do I report an encroachment on Steps, Lanes, or Paths?
23. Who do I contact if I am having an animal issue?