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Nuisance Lighting Codes?

Posted by admin On May 18th

Have any of you run into a situation where one property owner was shining a bright light onto another property intentionally creating a nuisance because of a neighborhood dispute?

More importantly; are any of you aware of codes prohibiting this in a residential setting?

We have an inquiry from an individual experiencing this now in Cape Coral I believe; and she is on a mission to find a code solution rather than having to file some sort of civil law suit for relief.

Please share any information you may have available.

66 Responses

  1. ricardo esq Says:

    If county code doesn’t have specific light meter readings to determine obtrusive lighting, only generic verbage, how does a county agency or a court of law, determine whether a light meets the definition of “trespassing” and “nuisance”?

    Posted on December 7th, 2018 at 2:15 pm

  2. admin Says:

    That is a good question; you would have to review the specific code sections cited for the code violation to determine the definitions in question. Some jurisdictions use very generic language in that the intensity of the lighting is not always what make it a nuisance. Sometimes light is considered to be a nuisance or trespassing if it simply leaves the property from which it is located on; meaning it is not properly shaded or directed. Hope that helps.

    Posted on December 10th, 2018 at 8:30 am

  3. bothered neighbor Says:

    Why should I be punished for someone elses stupidity installing super bright LED motion lights only 10′ from trees?

    The lights go on and off every 10 minutes all night long. They stay on for 20 minutes at a time. Its not just one light, but he installed one on each corner of his house. They play ping pong all night taking turns frying my retinas.

    My house is just 50′ back to back gardens directly accross the way. The light emitted is so bright, I can read by it.

    When the weather is nice I dont like shades or blinds restricting the air flow in my house. Why should I have to suffer because they are stupid? This seems to be the trend these days, we cater to stupidity and call it tolerance. What about consideration for others?

    Posted on February 7th, 2019 at 6:37 pm

  4. admin Says:

    Dear Bothered Neighbor:
    I suggest you contact your local code enforcement department to determine if they have any local codes regulating lighting that might apply. If NOT, you may want to consider lobbying your local commissioners to consider adopting something that could address “light trespassing” such as you described. Many jurisdictions have codes requiring exterior lighting to have shades that direct the light downward on the property they are located on.

    Posted on February 11th, 2019 at 8:11 am

  5. Sharon reec Says:

    The zoning person won’t help said lights are code yet all other business have the shades. I am the only home in area and they do not care neither does person in charge of business.

    Posted on February 27th, 2019 at 6:11 pm

  6. admin Says:

    May want to consider contacting your councilperson or commissioners to request a code change that would address the issue of light trespassing.

    Posted on February 28th, 2019 at 8:36 am

  7. Brenda Says:

    I own my home and have for 56 years in Tampa. The houses surrounding me have been turned into rentals. The house across the street from me has new tenants and they constantly back into their driveway which is directly head onto my house, shining their headlights into my house morning and night. What is the specific code against that in Hillsborough County?


    Posted on April 5th, 2019 at 10:31 am

  8. kevin Says:

    hi all,
    i have a neighbour that i don’t get on with,
    his family who don’t live there all cause problems for me,
    anyway this neighbour turns his lights on they have 3bulbs on an outside lamp post,
    he turns them on around 8;30pm until whatever hour he chooses,
    last night 19/6/19 until 12:45am,
    i had to knock on his window to get his attention,
    as is usual an argument ensued and threats, i can do what i want when i want, i wasn’t nice back,
    the really stupid thing is he doesn’t once go outside to so called enjoy his lighting he puts them on to cause problems.
    i am disabled i use walking sticks to get about but he and his family are actually vile, spreading roomers about me and my family, we have lived in our house for about 5yrs, and all we have ever had is threats, and damage to my property, and things taken from my garden.
    to say i hate living where i am is an understatement, alas i have put my property up for sale.

    Posted on June 20th, 2019 at 12:28 pm

  9. Shana Says:

    After living in my house for roughly 14 years, suddenly a house was built next door just about 15 feet from my front door. After a year of being defended by construction and dealing with the workers blocking my driveway for days at a time and trespassing in my fences in backyard for no reason, renters moved in about a month ago and have their horribly bright outdoor lights on all night (before it starts to get dark until the sun has been up a while). These are 2 light fixtures on either side of their garage door and their front door light. The ones on the garage are most bothersome. Each fixture has 3-5 very bright bulbs each and nothing but clear glass around them. They light up the entirety of their short driveway, the road, the entire from years and front of the house across the street, the front of the garage of the house next door to that house, a third of the front of my house which completely faces theirs, and extends both directions down the street a ways. I’m blinded and can’t see to pull into my driveway or take out the garbage or even look out the window. It shines right inside some of my Windows into the main part of my house. I don’t need to turn on a light inside at night if I’m just moving around (can see just fine) and that’s with my heavy denim curtains closed. I could easily do anything if I opened my curtains though I’d be blinded by the light bulbs. I’ve already driven over my landscaping and almost hit my house trying to just get into my driveway and head for my garage because I’m blinded by their lights. The way the lights are set, I can’t see anything outside my Windows at night. I heard what sounded like possible gun shots tonight and some noises like someone was rummaging around where they don’t belong, and I couldn’t see a thing to know if it was a wild animal, leftover fireworks, a criminal, some homeless person, whatever (yes they’re all possibilities). Not being able too outside makes me feel very unsafe and I can’t even sleep until it starts getting light out to drown out their lights. Granted in a night owl but I need to be getting to bed more like 2am, not 6am. I’m already at a disadvantage that their house blocks most of view of anything but those lights make it so I can’t even see my driveway (2 feet from the whole front of my house). Ive never seen anyone next door, only a plant by the front door and a car parked in the road where it’s not allowed and blocks my way getting out of my driveway with my truck that I can’t drive anymore because of them. There’s nothing I can do about all this either and the HOA doesn’t do anything about anything unless you have weeds even though there’s a whole book of rules. I don’t even feel like I can go outside at all to even get the mail or anything, when I’m not blinded because of wearing a hat and sunglasses with my hands up shielding my face….at 2am.

    Posted on July 14th, 2019 at 6:55 am

  10. admin Says:

    Have you tried speaking with your HOA about implementing some nuisance lighting codes?
    I’m assuming you’ve already tried contacting your Local Code enforcement Department about any regulations that might already exist.


    Posted on July 15th, 2019 at 7:57 am

  11. Lee Says:

    How do I stop flashing blue lights coming through our windows all around our house. They are coming from around our neighborhood.

    Posted on November 17th, 2019 at 2:24 am

  12. admin Says:

    What is your address? The City of Fort Myers does not currently have a code section that regulates residential lighting other than Holiday lighting.

    Posted on November 18th, 2019 at 8:47 am

  13. Karen Says:

    There are some really good medical studies regarding lighting at night interfering with our circadium rhythms. There are also effects on nature and breeding (some insects breed at night and need dark). I am currently going to speak to my county commissioners regarding intrusive lighting at night. I am hopeful of convincing them that when a neighbors outside lighting lights up your home it is an invasion ie you cannot get rid of it. I am hoping to educate and gain appropriate ordinances. This is an area we can all be proactive in and perhaps create a positive change.

    Posted on December 7th, 2019 at 8:57 am

  14. Barbara Says:

    I am having intrusive, blinding lights all night covering my private lanai with pool and every window facing the canal(corner). These lights range from 35 feet to 80 feet covering my entire back yard. The lights are even on the back wall of my bedroom. The consequences are immense. Cape Coral code does not address this light situation?

    Posted on February 27th, 2020 at 10:00 pm

  15. erik j backen Says:

    Los angeles building and safety says their only rule for light polution is not above 2 foot candles per sq ft. How bright is that. Cause my neighbors light bulb is lower than shade so light is cast on my entire property. They sent a code enforcement guy out here and he said its not in violation. Less than 2ftcandles. 2 must be extremely bright

    Posted on March 27th, 2020 at 2:35 am

  16. erik j backen Says:

    How bright is 2footcandles? Apparently my neighbors awful light with no shade is reading less than 2 on the citys light meter.

    Posted on March 27th, 2020 at 2:36 am

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