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Hollister adds noise restrictions for construction, landscaping maintenance

Amendments to noise ordinance focus on commercial construction and landscaping activities, not personal use of leaf blowers or mowers

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.

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.