Streetlight Developer Program

The Streetlight Developer Program provides for the installation of new streetlights and the upgrading of existing streetlights by developers as part of the land development process.


  • Streetlights are installed as a part of new development, which reduces installation cost
  • Since the developer controls the property, restoration work and/or easements are typically not required on private property
  • Underground electrical lines, rather than overhead lines, are required to be installed in new developments
  • Enhanced public safety


Since July 1988, new land developments in the county are required to install streetlights as a condition for plan approval. The developer pays for the initial cost of installation; however, after installation, the streetlights are owned, operated and maintained by either Dominion Virginia Power or Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative. Fairfax County pays the monthly invoices from the utility company to operate and maintain the streetlights. The specific requirements for the installation of streetlights are contained in Section 7-1000 of the Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual (PDF).

Outline of the Street Lighting Requirements

Site Plans

  • Along the full frontage

Subdivision Plans

  • At the entrance into the subdivision from a state roadway
  • Along all subdivision roadways (lot size less than 18,000 square feet)

Public Improvement Plans

  • Along the full property frontage abutting all state roadways

Payment Process

Streetlights Links

Citizen Petition Program
Contact the Streetlight Program
County Funding
Dim Bulb Program
LED Pilot Project
Light-Type Gallery
Private Contributions
Report an Outage

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