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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.

57 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

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