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Outdoor Lighting Codes in the Northwest


Idaho

Hailey, Idaho

On June 19, 2002, the Hailey Outdoor Lighting Ordinance went into effect. The ordinance is the second of its kind in the Wood River Valley, and is devoted to safety, energy conservation, and the preservation of one of our most cherished natural resources - the view of the pristine Idaho night sky... READ MORE

Ketchum, Idaho

"Dark Sky Ordinance" (fantastic! Hats off to Stephen Pauley)

Unincorporated Ada County, Idaho (the area around the City of Boise)

http://www.adaweb.net/devserv/forms/Chapter4.pdf
A good lighting code that Stephen Pauley helped develop in 1999. The max. fco pole -height- limits chart (8-4H-1) is based on the Kennebunkport (Peter Talmage derived) formula where the height of a pole is controlled by the formula:
H = 3 + D/3 {H = height of pole, D = distance inside the property line}
This formula is also used in the newer Ketchum ord. It minimizes light trespass by placing higher poles well inside a property's boundary line. It is a simpler way to handle the light trespass issue & avoids the need for light police and meter maids.
It's Ada County Ord. 389, Chapter 4, Article H - Lighting Standards.


Oregon

Deschutes County

Check out Chapter 15.10. This is a very comprehensive lighting code.

City of Cannon Beach

17.90.100 Control of lights on public beach. No artificial light source shall be placed so that it directly illuminates the public beach at a distance of more than one hundred feet from the Oregon Coordinate Line or the property line, whichever is most eastward, after January 1, 1985. “Artificial light source” is defined as a lamp or other emitter of light which is directly visible from the public beach, including but not limited to flood lamps, area or barn lights, and street lights. (Ord. 79-4 ' 1 (4.105))

City of Sandy

Ordinance No. 2002-11
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 15 OF THE SANDY MUNICIPAL CODE ADOPTING CHAPTER 15.04 REGULATING OUTDOOR LIGHTING ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY [File 02-017 Dark Skies].

Click Here to view full text (54k PDF file) posted 7/1/02

City of Troutdale

ORDINANCE NO. 712

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A NEW CHAPTER OF THE TROUTDALE MUNICIPAL CODE, 8.26, OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Click Here to view full text. Go to Ordinance 712


Montana

There are some codes (??), but we don't have them listed yet


Washington

City of Bainbridge Island, Washington

WHEREAS, the City has determined that the provisions contained in this Ordinance will protect the historical legacy of the night sky, and provide enjoyment of the night sky in the City for future generations...


Seattle Municipal Codes

Feb, 2002 Proposed Changes to Seattle's lighting code! (pdf 11kb)

Seattle Land Use lighting codes

On May 10th, 2000 I did a search at http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~public/code1.htm
for "light" and turned up the following Seattle Municipal Codes.

Related Bills

Council Bill Number: 113156
AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending Sections 23.44.017, 23.45.100, 23.45.112 and 23.47.022 of the Seattle Municipal Code to allow taller lighting standards for public school playfield lighting where necessary to improve safety for athletic participants and minimize impacts of glare and light spill.

This Bill is (to the best of my knowledge) to allow the following Seattle Schools to have Athletic Lighting

  • Nathan Hale High
  • Ingram High
  • Rainier Beach High

 


Roslyn - Cle Elum, Washington

The new Trendwest resort located next to Roslyn WA, MountainStar, is on its way to preserving it's night sky with this Agreement. Both Trendwest and the environmental group RIDGE saw the value in preserving the night sky in Roslyn, Cle Elum area. Further rulings in preserving the night sky in this area are likely. Thanks Trendwest and RIDGE for your help.

Click Here to see a map of the location of Roslyn/Cle Elum


Shoreline, Washington

Thanks to the efforts Deb Moore~Marchant, Volunteer Advocate for Good Lighting in Shoreline Washington and the Shoreline Dept. of Planning and Developement Services the city of Shoreline is on its way to having an effective outdoor lighting code.

Click Here to see an educational handout the city has prepared.


Island County, Washington

Wow! way to go guys

ORDINANCE C-124 -99 PLG-030-99

Stanwood/Camano News 3/28/2000 - Click Here


Bothell, Washington

Addresses light trespass. Only one slight problem; 1 footcandle of light
trespass is a lot, especially in a dark neighborhood, but a better than
most code.

Chapter 8.64


Lighting Codes for Kent Washington.

Kent has some decent lighting codes.


Municipal Research & Services Center - Light - Ambient Light, Light Pollution, Glare

Includes


Douglas County, Washington

18.16.270

Light and glare. Parking lot lights, security lights, or any exterior lighting shall be of low-intensity and designed to project toward the property, or shall be shielded to keep light from directly projecting over property lines. Single-family residential dwellings are exempt from this provision. (Ord. TLS 97-10-71B Exh. F (part))

From http://ordlink.com/codes/douglas/index.htm and search for "Light"


Pullman, Washington

Chapter 17.35 Light and Glare

Thanks to a Pullman resident for sending us this one.

The code states that lights shall not create glare on adjacent properties and establishes
an maximum level of light trespass (0.5 fc). This code does not address the issue of sky glow.


Redmond, Washington

The Redmond Planning and Community Development committee headed by Roberta Lewandowski has recently (July 2001) approved an updated outdoor lighting code. A special thanks to city planner Gibran Hashmi.

(July 2001) Ordinance 2109 (update to 20D.90) (HTML , PDF)

20D.90 Lighting

Click Here to view all of Redmonds code.
Click Here to go to the Redmond web page.


Winthrop, Washington

Okanogan Electric Co-Opertative

Policy No 30-400 - Yard Light Extensions, Installations and Replacements

There's a group of citizens in Winthrop that are looking at how to deal with Light Pollution.
Contact information available upon request (darksky@scn.org) or contact Ellen Lamiman (ellenlam@methow.com)

Click Here to see a picture of the beautiful Methow Valley where Winthrop is located.
Click Here to see a clever full cutoff light at the Rivers Edge Inn just north of Winthrop.


Send mail to darksky@scn.org (Bruce Weertman)

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