FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2021
North Hempstead Enforces Landscaping Regulations
MEDIA CONTACTS: Gordon Tepper, Rebecca Cheng, Matthew Leonenko and Michael Anderson | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and members of the Town Board are reminding residents and landscaping companies that the Town's landscaping regulations which were passed in 2019.
Under the regulations, commercial landscaping is permitted between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and no operation on Sundays and holidays. These restrictions may be suspended during emergencies.
In an effort to reduce noise and air pollution caused by gas-powered leaf blowers, commercial landscapers will be prohibited from using gas-powered leaf blowers from June 15 to September 15.
Restrictions will not apply at golf courses and cemeteries, except when equipment is operated within 100 feet of a lot containing a residence.
The Supervisor established a Landscaper Advisory Committee in 2017 to help craft the new regulations and to advise the Town Board on landscaping matters. The Town made it a priority to build a well-rounded Committee to ensure compromise between all interested parties.
The Landscaper Advisory Committee, which met several times over the course of a year, consisted of informed passionate residents, individuals who strongly advocate for environmental causes, the president of the Nassau Suffolk Landscape Grounds Association, landscaping company owners, a horticulturist and a landscaping equipment representative.
Other regulations included in the “Landscaping and Gardening” code:
- Leaves, grass, and yard debris may not be deposited on public property or another person’s private property.
- If leaves and clippings are removed from the site, such removal must be in vehicle secured with a tarp.
- No spillage or dumping of oil or gas products.
- No burning of waste, leaves, cuttings, etc.
- Licensing regulations: Commercial landscapers must have valid license issued by the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs.
- The commercial landscapers must also be permitted by the Town Clerk.
- There is a fee, but a reduced fee for applicants with receipts showing the purchase of 5 or more pieces of battery or electric powered landscaping equipment.
- If a landscaper is permitted by a village within the town, that will be accepted.
- Suspension/revocation/denial of license.
- False statements on application, error in issuance, or failure to comply with regulations or statutes can result in suspension or revocation of license.
- One year waiting period to reapply for a license following revocation or denial of license.
- Penalties for offenses include fines.