"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 County

* Deschutes Co standards (1994)

* Deschutes Co online complaint form for lighting infractions

* Deschutes Co recreation/grow/greenhouse lighting (2016)

Eugene  Go to 9.6725 (2001)


* City of Bend Outdoor Lighting Standards 3.5.200 (2004)

Bend Code Enforcement Complaint Form  (your name will not be disclosed)

* One approach for talking to your neighbors

* Another approach for talking to your neighbors


Medford:  Go to Article 10.764 "Glare"

Salem: Go to Section 800.060 - Exterior Lighting

Port Orford


Sandy Go to Chapter 15.30 DARK SKY ORDINANCE

Sisters  (1997)

* Development code 2.15.2400 (July 2019)

Online complaint form for lighting infractions

Cannon Beach


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:

* USA Pattern Outdoor Lighting Code v2.0

*  Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) 

* International Dark Sky Community Lighting Examples*

* Flagstaff Pattern Outdoor Lighting Code

* Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council

IDA Oregon, established 2019

Email Address: