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Oregon Outdoor Lighting Rules and Policies
There is no State-wide law for residential or commercial buildings. Ordinances on outdoor lighting of residential and commercial buildings in Oregon are on a local city and county basis.
Here is a list of current ordinances throughout the state. If your community isn't listed and you find that information, please let us know through our CONTACT page.
* Deschutes Co online complaint form for lighting infractions
* 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: