The county’s outdoor lighting rules are intended to reduce glare, light trespass and overlighting, as well as promote safety, security and energy conservation. The rules apply to new outdoor light fixtures or existing fixtures that change in height, location or type.
Residential - Outdoor Lights
In general, the rules do not affect the outdoor lights used by most homeowners. As long as they do not create glare, the rules do not apply to:
- Lights that are 2,000 lumens or less on residential properties (approximately the amount of light from a 100 watt incandescent bulb)
- Holiday lights
- Motion-activated lights (with some exceptions)
Residential - Light Poles
On residential properties, light poles that are taller than 7 feet in height must follow the location rules for accessory structures. Otherwise, poles that are less than this height may be placed anywhere.
County rules are mainly intended for non-residential properties, and the rules cover, among others:
- Car dealerships
- Construction sites
- Convenience stores
- Gas stations
- Parking lots
- Illuminated signs
- Sports fields and courts