Seeking to clarify rules laid out in its noise ordinance, the Hollister City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved amendments that detail the restrictions designed to ensure peace and quiet during certain hours of the day.
The rules stipulate that commercial commercial construction activities on or near residential properties must be limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and prohibited on Sundays and federally-recognized holidays.
Commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance that take a half hour or less — including noise-generating equipment such as gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chippers or similar equipment — shall be limited within or near residential properties to the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and prohibited on Sundays and federally-recognized holidays. Commercial landscaping activities that use noise-generating equipment for more than an hour will be limited during the same time periods, though they must cease by 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
The ordinance notes that it does not apply to "works of construction, landscaping or grounds maintenance by the occupants of a residential property" doing that work "for personal, non-commercial use."
The amendments were approved 4-0.