Mowing on Sundays and holidays: is it possible? What the law says ?

To avoid having trouble with the law, it is better to respect the regulations in force when you have to mow your lawn because there is no question of undermine the tranquility of the neighborhood. However, using a lawn mower causes noise pollution. Let’s take stock of the rules to be respected, knowing that they can vary from one municipality to another, and on the penalties to which one is exposed if one does not respect the law.

A decree to limit noise pollution

On August 31, 2006, a decree was passed to protect people against noise pollution likely to disturb their peace and caused by lawn mowers of all kinds. Noise is considered against a plague because it can be harmful to human health. Rules are therefore imposed, whether in the private or public space. Considered to be abnormal from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., they can also be abnormal during the day, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. nocturnal noise that of daytime noise contrary to what many of us think.

Mowing your lawn, cleaning your wall with a karcher, tinkering … all these actions are governed by the regulations in force and each of us has no other choice but to submit to them. And to go further in the protection of others, in terms of noise emissions, lawn mowers must imperatively comply with regulations.

Given that mayors and prefects have decision-making power in this area, and that the rules vary from one municipality or region to another, it is strongly recommended to inquire at the town hall of your municipality to know exactly when it is possible to mow your lawn without risking being punished.

Mowing your lawn: times authorized nationally

As we have seen, the time slots during which mowing the lawn is authorized may vary from one area to another, but in most cases, unless ordered by the town hall or the prefecture, the slots are The following :

  • Sunday : mainly from 10 a.m. to noon, and sometimes only from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
  • Holidays : from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.,
  • Saturday : 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
  • Open days : 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Non-compliance with regulations on noise pollution: the risks

Anyone who violates this legislation, municipal or departmental rules, is liable to a financial sanction : a fixed fine set at 68 euros. However, if this fine is not paid within 45 days, it increases considerably as it increases to 180 euros. Worse still, if the offender turns a deaf ear to injunctions, he may have to appear in court, either before the civil jurisdiction, or before the criminal jurisdiction. Also note that a noisy tenant may have to change accommodation since the court seised has the possibility of pronounce the termination of the lease… We do not joke with the law on noise pollution.

Before mowing your lawn outside the authorized time slots, it is strongly recommended to show courtesy. The best solution to avoid a fine and destroy the good relationship with those around you, is to find a agreement between neighbors. Caught off guard, one of them could very well send a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt to the authorities in order to enforce the law. But disagreement can be avoided by dialogue and it is also possible, for example, to request the intervention of a mediator.

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