"Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Oregon Outdoor Lighting Rules and Policies
WILL REWRITE. THERE IS A STATE RULE. As is stands, the state of Oregon does NOT have an overall state exterior lighting policy. It currently is up to each individual community or Home Owner Associations (HOA's) to implement dark-sky lighting ordinances. It is up to each of us to find out what the current exterior lighting ordinances are.
Here is a list of current ordinances throughout the state. If your community isn't listed and you find that information, please send it on to us through our CONTACT page.
* Deschutes Co online complaint form for lighting infractions
Eugene Go to 9.6725 (2001)
* Bend Code Enforcement Complaint Form (your name will not be disclosed)
Medford: Go to Article 10.764 "Glare"
Salem: Go to Section 800.060 - Exterior Lighting
Sandy Go to Chapter 15.30 DARK SKY ORDINANCE
* Development code 2.15.2400 (July 2019)
Local Code Creation
If you are not happy with the current lighting codes or ordinances; here's a great guide in developing a code for your community. The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition has excellent recommendations HERE. Keep in mind, each municipality is unique and should consider what codes are appropriate. Look at what other communities have done, and find out how those ordinances have played out in that community. You will want an ordinance that will truly reduce light pollution.
Here are some very useful documents that can help in the creation and/or updating in the lighting codes and ordinances: