In observance of the Independence Day holiday, DCRA will be closed and no construction will be allowed on Monday, July 4, 2022 without an after-hours permit. You may report illegal construction by submitting an Illegal Construction Inspection Request Form during normal business hours or calling 311.

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Leaf Blower Regulations Take Effect January 1, 2022

Monday, December 27, 2021

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) wants to proactively notify you of a law enacted earlier this year by the Council of the District of Columbia that may soon impact local residents and businesses.

On January 1, 2022, the Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act of 2018 will take effect. The Act prohibits the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in the District. Individuals and companies who continue to use gasoline-powered leaf blowers after this date will be subject to fines of up to $500 for each offense. 

After January 1, 2022, violations of the law can be reported by any person who observes a gas-powered leaf blower being used in the District, which can then result in an enforcement proceeding against the violator. For your awareness, DCRA will be accepting photographic and recorded (video and audio) evidence in support of these citations. 

Please plan ahead and prepare for equipment changes that comply with the new law.

Financial Assistance for Businesses

If you have an active DC Business License, commercial and residential rebates are being offered by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). Learn more and apply for rebates.

For more information, please visit dcra.dc.gov/leafblower.