Mowing the lawn: at what times is it allowed?

The question arises again and again on which days and at what times lawnmowing is permitted and when it becomes a disturbance of rest. Particularly loud lawn mowers, such as petrol mowers or lawn tractors, can disturb neighbors to a not inconsiderable degree. Depending on the lawn, mowing can take from a few minutes to hours and the monotonous noise can bring the whole neighborhood to a standstill. There are therefore legal regulations on when and to what extent mowing is permitted.


When can I mow my lawn?

Working garden owners, in particular, are often faced with the problem of being able to mow their lawn only in the evenings and on weekends. From 1992 to 2002, the Lawnmower Noise Ordinance regulated the times at which the operation of a lawnmower was permitted. In 2002, this was replaced by the Equipment and Machine Noise Protection Ordinance. It comprises more device classes and also differentiates between residential and industrial areas.


Saturday is considered a working day

In normal residential areas, you can only mow your lawn on weekdays. It is often forgotten that Saturday is also a working day, which means that mowing is allowed from Monday to Saturday.


Mowing is prohibited on Sundays and public holidays

The lawn mower must not be used on Sundays and public holidays. Exceptions are only very quiet reel mowers, electric lawn mowers and robotic lawnmowers, provided that no other person is disturbed.


Times when mowing is allowed

As of March 2018, the times shall be set for lawn mowing as follows: Monday to Saturday, you may allow your lawn to mow 7-20 indicator . With particularly loud devices, however, there are some restrictions or rest periods that must be observed. The following device classes are affected:

  • Lawn trimmer and lawn edger
  • free tailor
  • electric and gasoline powered hedge trimmers
  • Leaf blower and leaf blower
  • Verticutter
  • chainsaws
  • Pickaxes with combustion engines
  • motor chopper

By law, these devices may also during the week, only 9-13 indicator and 15-17 indicator to operate. Another exception concerns devices that carry the European Ecolabel or EU Ecolabel (a flower with EU stars). They do not have these rest periods restrictions.

Depending on the state and municipality, these times can vary somewhat. As a precaution, it is therefore generally recommended to inquire at the regulatory office in advance as to which mowing times are permitted in the city or the community. Failure to comply with this rule can result in an administrative offense in the event of a complaint and result in a high fine.