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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.

50 Responses

  1. Code Gal Says:

    Yes. I’ve had this situation come up a few times. We have a glare ordinance below. I have not had trouble with any of these cases though, and have not had to take them to the Board.

    Glare. 14-52.8.

    There shall be no direct glare visible from any residential district caused by unshielded floodlights or other sources of high intensity of lighting.

    Posted on May 19th, 2012 at 7:43 am

  2. Dani Says:

    I am attaching a link to our ordiance. Please see section twelve for single and two-family residential standards.

    http://www.cityofbonitasprings.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ORDINANCE-NO.-11-01-PROPERTY-MAINTENANCE-CODE.pdf

    You can also see lighting standards for commercial/public use by clicking this link. You will need 3-262 on page 36.

    http://www.cityofbonitaspringscd.org/getmedia/2f20cbb0-0f6d-4ef1-8386-a34d18e348de/Chapter_3_Dev_Standards_Amended_2008.aspx

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks,
    Dani

    Posted on May 19th, 2012 at 7:45 am

  3. Code Man Says:

    It was nice talking with you about this unusual subject.

    I quickly sent out the e-mail below to a few code professionals I network with daily just to get things started.

    I also located an interesting code which seems to be on target at the link below from Chula Vista.

    http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/chulavista/html/ChulaVista17/ChulaVista1728.html

    Might be worth taking a look at.

    Posted on May 19th, 2012 at 7:47 am

  4. Jim Dehne Says:

    Here is what we have in Lakeland.

    30.03.07.00 EXTERIOR LIGHTING REGULATED
    1. All outdoor lighting in all zoning districts used to light the general area of a specific site shall be shielded to reduce glare and shall be so arranged so as to reflect lights away from all adjacent residential districts, adjacent residences or public thoroughfares.
    2. All lighting used for external illumination of buildings, so as to feature said buildings, shall be placed and shielded so as not to interfere with the vision of motor vehicle operators or pedestrians.
    3. High intensity lighting may be used to illuminate parking areas and to promote security subject to the provisions of Subsection 1 above

    Posted on May 21st, 2012 at 10:50 am

  5. Cindy Drake Says:

    We have had a few cases investigated. We use a light meter. If my memory serves – we haven’t had to take any cases forward to hearing – usually the residents don’t realize they are creating an issue and don’t want to have an unhappy neighbor so they make any needed adjustments.

    Wellington Land Development Regulation Sec. 7.8.2. – Outdoor lighting standards.

    A. Purpose and intent. The purpose and intent of this section is to reduce the hazard and nuisance caused by the spillover of light and glare on to drivers, pedestrians and land uses near artificial lights. By allowing safe and efficient lighting of outdoor areas and by reducing the negative effects of exterior lighting, the regulations contained in this section am intended to promote land use compatibility, traffic and pedestrian safety, energy efficiency and community appearance. Outdoor lighting shall also be consistent with the applicable provisions of the Village codes and the Palm Beach County Security Code.

    B. Applicability. This section shall apply to all exterior lighting in the Village, except street lights that meet the requirements of the appropriate public utility.

    C. Outdoor lighting standards. Outdoor lighting shall meet the following standards.

    1. Light confinement. All outdoor lights shall, to the greatest extent possible, confine emitted light to the property an which the light is located, and shall not be directed upwards, to avoid urban sky glow.

    2. Spillover light. Spillover light on to residential property shall not exceed three-tenths (0.3) of one (1) foot-candle when measured six (6) feet above grade at the residential property line.

    D. Prohibited lights. The following types of lights are prohibited in unincorporated the Village:

    1. Any unshielded light source in a luminaire with no light cutoff that is visible within the normal range of vision from any residential property;

    2. Any light that creates glare observable within the normal range of vision of any public right-of-way or glare that creates a safety hazard;

    3. Any light that resembles an authorized traffic sign, signal or device, or that interferes with, misleads or confuses vehicular traffic as determined by the Planning & Zoning Director; and

    4. Beacon or search lights except for temporary grand openings or special events, as required by state or federal law.

    E. Certification. For all developments that include free-standing luminaires exceeding sixty (60) feet in height, written certification of compliance with this section, bearing the seal of an engineer registered to practice in Florida, shall be required prior to the issuance of a building permit.

    F. Measurement. Illumination levels shall be measured in foot-candles with a direct-reading, portable light meter. The light meter shall be placed not more than six (6) inches above ground level at the property line of the subject parcel. Measurements shall be made after dark with the lights in question on, then with the same lights off. The difference between the two (2) readings shall be compared to the maximum permitted illumination in order to determine compliance with this section.

    G. Effect on previous approvals. Exterior lights installed prior to February 1, 1990, shall not be considered nonconforming.

    Posted on May 23rd, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  6. Pete Says:

    City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances Sec. 30-345 says in part:

    8)
    Lighting. Any light installation which provides for re-aiming of the fixture shall be aimed in compliance with this section.

    a.
    Light trespass and glare. Any development adjacent to a residential use shall not create light trespass of more than 0.5 footcandles measured perpendicularly from the light source at a distance of 25 feet from the property line. Any light trespass onto adjacent non-residential properties shall not exceed 1.0 footcandle measured perpendicularly from the light source at a distance of 25 feet from the property line. Roadway lighting is exempt from light trespass requirements. Directional luminaires such as floodlights, spotlights, sign lights and area lights shall be so installed and aimed that they illuminate only the task intended and that the light they produce does not shine directly onto neighboring properties or roadways. Building facade lighting, sports lighting and other applications using floodlights shall have glare shielding (external or internal shields) to prevent light trespass and light pollution. All lighting shall be designed, hooded or shielded to direct light so that no illumination source or glare creates a nuisance to any adjoining property or unreasonably interferes with the lawful use and enjoyment of any adjoining property.

    b.
    Exterior lighting. Lighting which is provided for the security of areas such as, but not limited to, building entrances, stairways, ramps and main walkways or for a permitted outdoor use of land (such as ball parks) shall not under any circumstances exceed a maximum average maintained illumination of 25 footcandles at ground level, and uniformity ratio of 6:1. Exterior wall-mounted lighting shall be full cut-off fixtures (as defined by IESNA). The maximum lighting intensity permitted for the security of the areas described above, for permitted outdoor land uses, or pole heights, other than those located in off-street parking facilities, may be increased by the appropriate reviewing board through site plan review, or the board of adjustment by obtaining a special exception if site plan review is not required, provided that the applicant establishes that such an increase meets the following standards: a. the increase in intensity is reasonably required for security purposes for the use or for conducting the permitted outdoor use; b. the increase in intensity will not result in a nuisance to adjoining properties and does not interfere with the lawful use and enjoyment of adjoining properties; and c. necessary screening will be erected or exists and maintained to reduce the impact of the increase in intensity on adjoining properties.

    c.
    Outdoor recreational lighting. Lighting installations for outdoor recreational uses (including pole heights) shall be designed in accordance with IESNA standards, as outlined in report number RP-6-88, or any update thereto.

    d.
    Height. The maximum height of light fixtures, except as otherwise regulated by this section, shall not exceed 30 feet.

    (9)
    Light pollution. All building lighting for security or aesthetics will be fully cut-off type, not allowing any upward distribution of light.

    The portion of the ordinance that deals with footcandles is enforced with a light meter. We have several Officers certified to operate the meter (certified by completing CPTED-Crime Prevention through Environmental Design- Training. Other portions are enforced by observation, i.e. the types of fixtures or how they’re aimed.

    Posted on May 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  7. Kathy Says:

    Thank you all for your input on this subject. I am the individual that broached the subject, and am working with the City of Cape Coral to pursue the possiblity of an ordinance being enacted. The city council member to whom I have spoken has stated that he is not opposed to considering the possibility of an ordinance, but has stated concerns about the enforceability of said ordinance, and also concerns of support from the community and other council members for said ordinance. I am working on a petition from fellow community members to address the support issue. Can anyone tell me specifically how their community enforces? Does code/law enforcement have to observe the “nuisance” light to enforce the code, or is video/picture evidence sufficient in your community? Do you feel that having the ordinance in place acts as a deterrent for offending individuals? I appreciate all input, and thank you for taking the time to answer.

    Posted on May 24th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  8. Terri Cummins Says:

    go to our web site section 126-997 outdoor lighting generally.

    Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 3:29 pm

  9. Kathy Says:

    Good morning, Terri, and thank you for your response. What is your web site, please?

    Posted on June 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

  10. mark davis Says:

    I have had this situation come up several times. We have a nuisance ordinance that prohibits anything that unreasonably interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of life and property of others. Since we do not address lighting specificly, except for seaturtles, this ordinance has come in handy in these dipute driven issues.

    Posted on June 1st, 2012 at 9:41 am

  11. Sam Thompson Says:

    Our situation is slightly different. We have residential property owners complaining about nuisance created by commercial lighting. I’d appreciate ordinance references that deal with this issue.

    Posted on September 3rd, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  12. Dave M Says:

    Thank you all for the solid info! While everything you all shared makes complete sense and would be otherwise perfect for me to use in my current neighborhood dispute, I need to dig a bit deeper. If one or more of you could help, its greatly appreciated!! Nutshell explanation:

    I live in Sacramento, CA; 2level unit in a 4-plex, with a STRICT HOA. While the details are not important, I should note that the HOA board and the PropMgnt company both have animosity towards my wife, daughter (3), and myself; despite the fact that we strive to be great neighbors and good people in general…we seem to be the target of their persistent threats (bogus violations, fines, etc). Also important to note; 3 of the 4 HOA board members live within 50yds of our building…the HOA board president happens to be across the street.

    So here’s the deal: the HOA Board president just relocated from the building DIRECTLY across the street from us (a 4-plex that is part of a separate HOA…he governed over our HOA, while living in a different HOA, never having to adhere to the bylaws that we must and always enforcing those which he blatantly ignored). He now lives just one building over (still across the street), but THIS 4-plex he moved into happens to be within the same HOA as ours, therefore, the bylaws apply to him. We know the bylaws well and while I would normally take a complaint to the board, its different when the violation is coming from the board president!

    The violation, you ask? About 2weeks after moving in, he installed roughly 5 dual-bulb HID security lights, directing light nearly 300degrees around his unit. Its important to note, he lives in unit #1, which is a ground-level unit closest to the street (and since we live at the intersection of a cul-de-sac and 2 streets, there’s plenty of street lighting). He has one dual-bulb set up above his front door, but the beams are aimed out so that vehicles driving down the street are blinded by the light. Worse off, he installed security lights roughly 1.5 stories UP onto the side of that 4-plex, with the light beams directed out into the cul-de-sac…a public street. Between those and the other 3 security light setups, the beams light-up the entire corner of the neighborhood, GLARING into our 2nd story bedroom window. I can only imagine how bad it is for the neighbors directly next to us, because they are even more in-line with the output of his security beams. In fact, doing some simple observation, I determined that his security lights infiltrate the 2nd story bedroom windows and all unit #1 windows of at least 5 buildings…thats 10 separate resident bedrooms upstairs and 5 more unit #1’s.

    We would normally take this complaint DIRECT to the neighbor in a peaceful way, seeking resolution. That attempt failed, since he seeks to avoid any conversation with me, even if Im simply trying to say hello while taking my baby girl for a walk. I KNOW that the HOA by-laws specify that security lighting must not be a nuisance, hence creating light trespass or glare. In order to report an HOA violation, I have to call the property mgnt company. The prop manager who ALWAYS answers the phone is the SAME person who sits on the HOA board, for their monthly meetings (minutes, hearings, etc). Its off subject, but isnt that a bit unusual??…the property manager sitting on the HOA board even though he does not own, rent, or have ANY direct connection to this HOA? ANYWAY…

    I cannot report this violation to the mgnt company, nor direct to the HOA board…it will get squashed. This exact scenario happened a few years ago when we reported MAJOR HOA violations to the PropMgnt company, regarding a neighboring unit owned/resided by the HOA board secretary. The violations were never even reported beyond the property management company. SO, with that said, I know a few details might help me to report this to the county of Sacramento. #1) The county code-enforcement (as they’ve done before) will likely say that I must report this to my HOA first…I think that can be explained away. #2) The security lights are not just a nuisance b/c of being high-intensity, there’s simply too many of them…excessive for his security needs. #3) The county owns, patrols, maintains…the intersection, sidewalks, and streets that these security lights are glaring onto. #4) Oncoming traffic from my street is blinded by half of his lights, literally. Not only is it dangerous to approach that intersection because the lights shine directly at you, but traffic coming from the street he lives on the corner of ALWAYS speeds and CUTS the intersection. The combination of speeding and cutting the corner is dangerous enough, but combine that with the fact that traffic coming from my street has drastically reduced vision; its a recipe for disaster. #5) The county has street lights that provide more than enough light to act as a deterrent, for security measures. In the 7+yrs I’ve lived here, there has not been a single home burglary in this corner of the neighborhood.

    SORRY for the length of this, but I really need helpful advice!! I’ve looked over the Sacramento County Code in detail, but the only security light code descriptions I’ve found are for commercial buildings. I’ve called various offices, but with no success. I do have a county website, where I can file a code-enforcement/violation report, but PRIOR to doing that, I think it will be smart to know the specific codes that are being violated, so I can cite them. By approaching it this way, I can ensure that I’ve done my homework and the violation wont slip by in the beaurocratic wash between the county and our HOA.

    MANY THANKS!!

    Posted on January 23rd, 2013 at 7:16 pm

  13. Kate F. Says:

    If the lights becoming a nuisance to others are regulated by both the HoA and the County ordinance, you should be able to pursue either avenue in seeking resolution. My instinct is to say that you should seek legal counsel in reporting the issue to the HoA management company – sometimes a letter from a lawyer has more weight than one from a resident alone. Additionally, there is power in multiple voices. If other neighbors are unhappy it might be worth trying to get each one to write a letter to the HoA folks rather than just having it come from you.

    If the County regulates any outdoor lights you could put in the complaint. It’s really their job to determine what ordinance the lights do or do not violate after you submit a complaint. When they research it you can ask them to inform you of what lighting code they looked at to come to their conclusion.

    Posted on February 13th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

  14. Dave Cash Says:

    I hope everyone who has a problem with unwanted
    bright lighting, read on my website a true story,
    when I sued two John Elway car dealerships over
    their lights. Go to: http://www.lightlawsuit.com for any
    info that could help you stop the private nuisance
    effecting you. Trust me, do not count on the city
    officials to help you! I know, I’ve been threw it.

    Posted on March 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  15. Iris Shapiro Says:

    We live in an adult community with a home owner association. Our pole lights, put in by our builder needs to be moved closer to the street as they are now too close to our homes where our palm trees cover the lights. What is the code to move them or what is the distance we are allowed to move them. In the year 2000 what was the code for those pole lights. Were they put in by the town or the builder.
    Cascade Lakes
    Military trail
    Boynton Beach, FL 33437
    561 734 1177
    Iris Shapiro

    Posted on September 15th, 2013 at 12:22 am

  16. Mark Says:

    Nuisance,

    I have the opposite problem, some very sensitive neighbors are complaining about my low voltage pagoda lights along a path to my house.

    The setting is rural, the neighbor is half a mile away across the lake and is threatening to sue me.

    There are no ordinances, only localally elected yahoos who say “it would be a good idea to turn them off.+ in order to keep the peace.

    I believe the damands insane, period.

    Posted on November 23rd, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  17. Leila Says:

    hi i live in Miami, Florida. I live in neighborhood. Crimes not that bad. I can understand what they going through about unwanted light. I live in the house. Where my next door, neighbor had motion sensor light. It big and round facing upward toward to my side. The Glare it all the way to the public street. When im coming to my home. Even i pull up front my house that light come on. I think that really rude and inconsiderate. Making me uncomfortable. i did contact Miami dade county public nuisance about the light. but they didn’t respond. maybe they think that nothing. im pretty sure a lot peoples in Miami, florida is going through that problems about the unwanted light,spillover light which why if anyknow know how can i get it done or any information how to stop this. im planning to go city hall Miami ask them questions about it. i don’t like confrontation or problems. i prefer if they have law for that they should know it not nice and trespassing light on other side or public street where oncoming cars come and go. also i think it like they help burglars to see where they going and when i come on look she here bright light shining on me. i feel unsafe that way.

    Posted on December 23rd, 2013 at 7:58 pm

  18. Ryan Turner Says:

    Have any of you received (or know of) any training pertaining to use of a photometer for code enforcement. This seems to be a growing area of discussion in code enforcement.

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  19. susan Says:

    There is a snap on shield for the ubiquitous PAR double floodlights: parshield.com

    That helps enact codes that deal with pre-existing non-conforming lighting. As to new construction, see the Good Lights for Good Nights on the website:
    http://www.darksky.org

    We have had a code on the books for three decades that required all light bulbs on primary structures to be covered on top and sides with opaque shielding.

    Posted on November 26th, 2014 at 10:20 am

  20. Steven Himelfarb Says:

    Hi,
    My neighbor across a small pond has built a pool on his lanai with lights all around the lanai. In addition on the outside he has landscape lights in front of the landscape and the lights glare across the pond as I sit outside facing his house. it is a nuisance to me as I cannot enjoy my lanai as I am, constantly distracted by the lights.They just put some sort of raised fireplace on the lanai that just gives off so much light. I live in Manatee County. Don’t they have to have the lights covered to prevent the glare.Their lanai looks like a boat dock and even when I sit on my coach at night I have to see this annoying light come into my house unless I close the sliding doors and close the sliding blinds. What are my options.
    Thank you . Steven Himelfarb
    Bradenten, Florida

    Posted on November 27th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  21. Peter Gasparo Says:

    My neighbor has flood lights on his house. The height of these lights are about as high as my ceiling in my bedroom. Even though not directly pointing into my house, it puts enough to light my entire bedroom up sufficiently. The rear light intrudes into my rear sunroom. I have contacted the town engineer and he says he can’t do anything about it.

    If I have read the town ordinance correctly, it says that light cannot intrude upon my property from another. If he does nothing, who can I complain to other than the town engineer or town clerk?

    Posted on September 4th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  22. admin Says:

    I recommend trying to contact your local Code Enforcement Official and/or the Planning & Zoning Department for an explanation on your interpretation of the nuisance lighting codes in your area.

    Posted on September 8th, 2015 at 9:30 am

  23. Jerome Greenfield Says:

    Are there any rules or regulations pertaining to lighting the roadway at the entrance of a community in Palm Beach County, Florida.

    Who would I contact?

    Posted on January 28th, 2016 at 6:16 pm

  24. Karan Bowman Says:

    I live in Lake County Florida and a guy who lives in our Neighborhood has 5 flood lights on his house & fence, they light up 3 square blocks in our neighborhood…we have talked to Lake County Code and they tell us that unless the lights are shining directly into our homes there is nothing they can do. I find this really hard to believe. You would not believe how bright this is. Do you know if there is there anything we can do on a State level to make this guy stop? If not I guess our only recourse is to hire a lawyer.

    Posted on March 24th, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  25. Winnie McDavid Says:

    To all living through bright lights at night, IDA (dark sky.org) has been diligently addressing the issue for 20 years. I’ve been a member for years & it seems many counties here in Florida turn a blind eye to the problem. I was laughed out the door at a commission meeting 10 years ago, even after the Ocala Star Banner printed my article 1/2 page Sunday editorial section. BUT- as DUKE Energy has commenced installing the purportedly safe LEDS for personal streetlights, it is time to go full force against unshielded lights before it gets out of control. I live in Silver Springs Shores which apparently is exempt from certain codes, an area plotted with some properties front facing zig zag roads meaning some people’s backyard, hence light right into bedroom. Covering Windows does not stop GLARE coming around casements. Hubble caps or shields need to be used to be a Good Neighbor. Even bright CFLs in unshielded fixture r bright enough to cause a motorist to be blinded & potentially hit someone walking their dog or pushing a baby stroller. Unfortunately it seems in these laid back small towns accidents or loss of life has to occur before powers that be change the codes.

    Posted on April 10th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  26. Steve Stallings Says:

    I now have a Fifth Third branch bank immediately next to my home in Jasper, Indiana. Their security lighting is completely overwhelming my home and I’m attempting to work with them to rectify the problem but with over 1,400 branches they don’t have time to worry about me. I’m afraid I will have to file a lawsuit but without city lighting codes I don’t know how to prove that they are a total nuisance. If I win the lottery I’ll hire a large law firm to sue the heck out of them!

    Posted on June 26th, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  27. admin Says:

    Steve,
    Have you tried contacting your local code enforcement department to determine if Jasper has any Nuisance Lighting or Light Trespass regulations which may apply? If they don’t, I recommend working your way up the chain of command until you get to someone at Fifth Third that is able to assist you. Sometimes the media can also be of assistance in “troubleshooting” situations like these; nobody likes bad press. Good Luck!

    Posted on June 29th, 2016 at 10:51 am

  28. Lolly Says:

    I live in NYS, Suffolk County, Long Island in a co-op. The Management Company-which by the way received an F rating from the better business bureau) Has replaced the lower level intensity light bulb-with a horribly bright and intense bulb-in a light fixture-attached just outside my bedroom window-about 6 inches away. The light is so intense it cannot be blocked from the inside. I am on the second floor. I have asked both the management company and board of directors to remove the light fixture-it is UNSHIELDED, shield the fixture, replace the bulb with a dimmer bulb-all of which they refuse to do.
    I have called code enforcement in the town-who have made these requests to them ‘as a courtesy’ because they have no jurisdiction over a co-op.
    Most attorneys-I’ve asked around-even if I could afford one-shy away from even getting involved with co-ops and board of directors.
    Any ideas?

    Posted on July 13th, 2016 at 9:55 am

  29. admin Says:

    Doesn’t Suffolk county have any codes related to nuisance lighting on the books? I understand that their Code Enforcement Department can not enforce the Co-op’s deed restrictions. But County nuisance codes should still apply to all property whether, residential, commercial, rental, condominiums, gated communities, etc.
    have you considered attending a co-op board meeting to formally make your request? Seems like a fairly simple and inexpensive fix to satisfy a resident. Good Luck!

    Posted on July 14th, 2016 at 8:13 am

  30. Lisa Says:

    I came upon your communication thread as we had a weird situation happen last night. We have a problem with a neighbor who we caught blowing his yard debris (we just had Hurricane Matthew blow through *Orlando, Fl) into our yard and under our bushes. We told him we saw what he did. He was not happy but tough. I’m tired of him doing this. I’m afraid that now that we caught him doing this–he is going to act even worse. We were right.

    We had also lost a fence during the hurricane and because we have to wait for the insurance adjustor, we told another neighbor we may have to put up lighting so we can see our little brown dog when he goes outside (especially with the fence down.)

    He must have told the jerk neighbor about our thoughts of putting up lighting because we had a cop show up at our house at 8:30 last night telling us we cannot have “flood lights shining into the neighbor’s yard.”

    Ok. I’ve never heard of getting into trouble for NOT doing something I’m not supposed to do. I’m absolutely going to call the police department today to ask why this officer actually came to my door.. But I was wondering what the actual ordinances are in the first place. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief this officer knocked on my door–despite not even having lights MOUNTED!

    Posted on October 11th, 2016 at 10:08 am

  31. admin Says:

    Lisa,
    So sorry to hear you are having to deal with these Matthew related issues. You might want to contact your local Code Enforcement Department to determine what the actual lighting codes might be for where you live. And you could certainly contact the Police Department and get a copy of the incident report which would have been generated upon their receipt of the complaint. It may advise who the complainant actually was if not made Anonymously. Keep in mind the police officer that was dispatched to the call probably didn’t know whether the lights had been installed yet or not but was responsible to make contact with you to find out. Hopefully all goes well with your dog until you can get your fence repaired. Good Luck!

    Posted on October 13th, 2016 at 8:50 am

  32. Roberta Says:

    I live in Collier County, FL & my neighbor behind my house has erected a bright light behind his home that shines directly into my bedroom & master bath. I asked him to remove it or at least put up a motion detector light & he refused. There are light/glare ordinances in Marco Island, the city of Naples & Bonita Beach, but I can’t find one for Collier County. I have asked our HOA & management co. For assistance & They have suggested I start a petition!! I want them to just insert light/ glare into the existing nuisance clause of our R&R’s and I am pretty sure they have the authority to do that. Do you have any suggestions? I cannot tell you how much this is affecting my enjoyment of my own home.

    Posted on November 4th, 2016 at 1:00 am

  33. admin Says:

    Roberta,
    It sounds like you are on the right track. Either attend your next HOA meeting and present the Board with some suggested language to add to existing deed restrictions; or contact your County Commissioners and provide them with some of the related code sections from nearby jurisdictions for their consideration. I’m sure you are not the only person in Collier County in favor of such legislation. Good Luck!

    Posted on November 7th, 2016 at 8:25 am

  34. Chuck Says:

    The various facts indicate those with installed lights have little knowledge of their effect on neighbors. Has anyone tried mirrors aimed back to those with installed lights?

    Posted on December 17th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

  35. admin Says:

    Chuck,
    That is very interesting idea; it might have to be a special type of mirror to concentrate the diffused light only back to the offending property and not others – probably concave shaped or something. But Code Man likes the way you think!

    Posted on December 19th, 2016 at 9:08 am

  36. Fran Says:

    Hello. I am reading your comments and feeling hopeful once again. I have been thru every avenue in my small town and NO ONE will help because there is no ordinance for light pollution. I am in Passaic County New Jersey.

    Anyone, can you help???

    Posted on December 30th, 2016 at 8:53 am

  37. Laura Says:

    Hello and thank you in advance. I see someone from Marion County/Ocala has posted previously. It may be getting better, but it’s not easy to persist!

    I am currently addressing a light issue and the interpretation of the code in Citra, Marion County, FL. The code officer told me he had to go to the writer of the code to decipher it, which seems completely askew. I asked several times for the name of that person, and each time, he evaded the question.

    At issue is a street light installed at the request of a neighbor as close to my property as possible that is bright and glaring and the remedies offered by Clay are not remedies at all. They replaced the regular shade with an amber shade, which they painted black on my side. Neither is effective as the glare comes from UNDER the shield.

    This light is not standard and part of the subdivision’s street light plan – there is none. All such lights are placed at the request and expense of the property owner. When I moved here in 2009, the only lights on my end of the street (and beyond to the dirt road that starts after my place) were “mine” and I had them removed.

    In July, 2013, the neighbors who now have this light, installed a pole light that was a spotlight into my yard just over the top of my privacy fence. Blinding. I asked that it be lowered or shielded, offered to help/pay. After several months, it was necessary to involve Code Enforcement. In response, neighbors took down the pole light and had the street light installed as close to my place as possible. It lit up my greenhouse almost like daylight 100′ away. The amber shade and paint helped, but the yard is still lit up.

    I gave up by Christmas 2015 as the neighbors were nasty (turned me in for violations that didn’t exist, screamed at me from the road) and have not had my night sky since. 🙁

    Christmas 2016. Light was out for two whole nights! Wonderful! Decided to get back on it and called the power company after reviewing the code.

    I believe the code is in my favor, but it is poorly written. Here is the code link:
    Article 6, Division 19, Section 6
    6.19.1, 6.19.2 A, B, B1; 6.19.4 B, B; 6.19.6 A

    https://www.municode.com/library/fl/marion_county/codes/land_development_code?nodeId=LADECO_ART6TESTRE_DIV19OULI_S6.19.4EXLIDEST

    Posted on May 10th, 2017 at 8:37 am

  38. Laura Says:

    Let me also add that at this point, the Code Officer is leaning toward the light getting to stay because it is a power company right away, but I disagree because it is not a municipality street light, it’s a privately installed light managed by the power company. Thank you for your help and insights!

    Posted on May 10th, 2017 at 8:40 am

  39. Mary Petty Says:

    Guy across the road keeps putting flood lights out pointing toward my house and bedroom. He does it due to the fact that I call the fire dept. on him for burning trash during a fire ban. This guy thinks he is above the law. What can I do to ensure he stops putting these flood lights on my house during the night?

    Posted on June 6th, 2017 at 6:16 am

  40. Kelly R Says:

    Hello, I just moved into an apartment, signing a 1 year lease. The day I moved in, went it got dark that evening the light on the apartment building across from me came on and it shines right into my living and dining room, very bright and eye piercing. Is this legal? I asked the office to fix this and they told me to get curtains. This means I cant at night have my blinds open and enjoy the fresh air from the outside. There is no reason for this light to be pointing at my apartment. It is a complete nuisance. If this was disclosed to me, I would have never moved into this apartment. Do I have any legal recourse to make them fix this

    Posted on June 9th, 2017 at 11:44 am

  41. admin Says:

    I suggest you read your lease closely and consider contacting the property management company in writing. You may also find it of value to contact your local Code Enforcement Department and inquire about their Nuisance lighting codes. That is doubtful though, as it sounds like the problem lighting is actually coming from the common element of your apartment complex rather than a neighboring property. Good Luck!

    Posted on June 13th, 2017 at 7:47 am

  42. admin Says:

    I suggest you contact your local Code Enforcement Department and ask them if your jurisdiction has any Nuisance lighting related regulations. If not, and many don’t; I’ve heard of using some sort of concave mirror to re-focus the light back at the offender’s property, making the light a nuisance to them as well.
    Good Luck!

    Posted on June 13th, 2017 at 7:51 am

  43. Terri Says:

    After 10 years of no problems with them, the neighbor across the street installed a super-bright “security” light in June. 20x brighter than a street light. No shielding. Broadcasts 200′ across the street, all along the driveway, into my living room, bedroom and all the way to the back of my back yard.

    I sent them a very polite letter asking them to either revert to what they had (a regular light with a dimmer and motion detector) or to allow me to pay for and have a properly shielded light fixture installed. So far, they don’t seem inclined to be nice about it.

    After reading some of the comments here and doing a bit of research, I found the regulation that says “no, you can’t do that” http://www.debary.org/Pages/DeBaryFL_CouncilAgendas/2016/20160106/S022D3CF1.1/Ordinance%2005-15.pdf

    Lights are supposed to be shielded (top and sides) to prevent spillover, glare and to keep the light on the owner’s property.

    Also, for those in Florida along the beaches, there are some pretty strict regulations on lighting — St. Johns Co, Volusia Co., Sanibel, Bonita Springs and several areas in Palm Beach Co. — all have something. Most of it is to protect sea turtles (also at the State level), but if the city has a regulation, it often applies to the whole city, not just the beaches.

    Posted on August 26th, 2017 at 9:58 pm

  44. donna rader Says:

    What are the nuisance and glare lighting laws in the state of West VA? MY DAUGHTER IS A HOME OWNER IN UPPER TRACT WEST VIRGINIA A FEW MONTHS AGO A TRUCKING COMPANY BOUGHT A PIECE OF LAND ACROSS THE ROAD FROM HER HOME THEY HAD THE POWER CO. INSTALL A LIGHT ON THAT POLE AND NOW IT IS SHINNING ALL NIGHT LONG ON HER HOUSE AND PROPERTY SO THIS IS A NUISANCE AND THE GLARE FROM THE LIGHTS SHINES IN THEIR HOME. WHAT CAN BE DONE?THANKS

    Posted on October 9th, 2017 at 8:51 am

  45. kevin Says:

    I am being harassed every night with high beam lights coming into my home fro the neighbors across from me at 4655 4 street south st.pete florida 33705 please help!!!

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 11:55 am

  46. Diane Says:

    My new neighbor across the street installed not one but two fully exposed flood lights that are on a timer. They are on each side of his two car garage and every night at dusk they come on and then they go off at about 6:30-7am the next morning. They are on all F- king night! I don’t think they live there because the house sold about 4 months ago and I have barely seen any acitivity over there. They come and tinker around for about an hour and then pack up and leave. I won’t see them for another 4-5 weeks. Anyway, their two F- king lights shine right into our dining room window, it looks like someone has their high beams shining right into our house. I hate it so much, I want to go over there and shoot their lights out with a BB gun but OBVIOUSLY I won’t. It’s just a visual I have because the lights are so intrusive. WHY DO THEY NEED TWO LIGHTS??? We are on a residential street, not out in the boonies. I think they are a little paranoid because they have a security sign put up in their yard, surveillance cameras and two high beam flood lights. $#€%¥!!!!!

    Posted on November 25th, 2017 at 7:08 pm

  47. Christine Says:

    Hi. Could anyone give me an answer as to the polk county, fl county violations pertaining to a residence that intentionally shines lights into an adjacent residential property. One light shines directly into the master bedroom window and the other into the master bathroom window. These lights are positioned directly to shine in the windows and not to light up the ground. Both lights are kept on all night as soon as the residence arrives home and turned off when the residence leaves in the morning. It seems there should be a lighting nuisance law that prohibits this.

    Posted on November 28th, 2017 at 1:48 pm

  48. kevin Says:

    my neighbors across from me at 4635 4th street so. and 4701 4th street so. have high beam lights shooting into my living room window and the street lights in front of my home and next door is not working properly as if someone playing mind games
    where it is pitch dark at night with the high beam light shooting into my window. I have made a complaint with the CITY OF ST.PETE CODE INFORCEMENT TWO WEEKS AGO AND NOTHING HAS HAPPEN. I believe I am a Target with Community Oriented Policing Services where Government Intelligence Agency and bad law enforcement officers is going into neighbor hoods slandering the target name and asking neighbors to be part of there harassment campaign and experimentation with Military weapons with the target being Electronically Tortured in there home with DIRECT ENERGY WEAPONS, INFRASONIC WEAPONS, ACOUSTIC WEAPONS, LASER WEAPONS. Different skits is being implemented against the target like BRIGHTENING where bright lights is being shined inside your home or while you are driving in your vehicle at night the high beam of a passing vehicle. Being followed and stalked when you leave your home. Being watched by neighbors. I have not committed no crime so why am I BEING TARGETED AND ELECTRONICALLY HARASSED AND STALKED 24/7. I voted for RICK KRISEMAN in ST.PETERSBURG,FLORIDA I hope he will put stop to this abuse that he probably dont know these crimes are going on right under his nose. This has been a Nuisance.

    Posted on January 17th, 2018 at 11:41 pm

  49. Natalie Says:

    I’m having this same problem right now. I’m in Marysville ohio… I can’t find my ordinances on this and my neighbor is really upsetting me!help

    Posted on October 9th, 2018 at 9:20 pm

  50. admin Says:

    Natalie,
    You will need to contact your local Code Enforcement Department to determine if they have any code sections that may apply to your particular light trespass situation.

    Posted on October 11th, 2018 at 8:18 am

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