Lighting Standards

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In April of 2016, the County Manager’s Office established a self-managed team to research best practices for lighting standards. The team focused on reducing light pollution, improving efficiency, and lowering the total overall cost of ownership and maintenance. On November 15th, 2016, the BCC approved Item 11D and directed the County Manager to "establish best practices and standards for interior and exterior lighting at BCC Agency owned and/or maintained sites and structures."


To be a state and national leader in community lighting standards and practices, while protecting and preserving the natural environment and view of the night sky.


To develop standards and practices to effectively, efficiently, responsibly, safely, and securely illuminate Collier County.

This mission will be achieved by obtaining BCC direction and approval to implement consistent lighting systems, practices, and standards for each of the County's owned and/or maintained roadways, facilities and structures, utilities sites and structures, parks, and beaches.

Once the lighting standards have been adopted by the BCC for County-owned and/or maintained sites and structures, the Lighting Team envisions a transparent process for offering stakeholders an opportunity to provide input and obtain public feedback prior to the adoption of the lighting standards through any ordinance or amendments to the Land Development Code. This will assist the various departments, plan reviewers, and code enforcers in the identification of minimum and maximum illumination standards such as performance, prescriptive, or a hybrid of both methods based upon differential land use zoning categories or by an overlay lighting district.

Guiding Principles

  • Lighting designs should minimize light trespass/pollution and impact on neighboring properties and natural habitats while ensuring safety, security, utility, productivity, commerce, livability, and enjoyment.
  • Lighting equipment should be responsibly selected and sourced through careful consideration of the short and long-term financial, environmental, and social costs incurred through lighting.
  • Energy and resources should be conserved to the greatest extent possible.
  • Designs should be practical as well as financially and technologically feasible, based on industry-acceptable best practices.
  • Lighting systems should be properly implemented, maintained, and managed.

Lighting Team Members

  • Team Leader - Joshua Hammond | | 252-5507
  • Administrative Services Representative - Neil Randall
  • County Manager's Office Representative - Geoff Willig
  • Growth Management C&M Representative - John Miller
  • Growth Management  P&R Representative - Richard Henderlong
  • Public Services Representative - Rick Garby
  • Public Utilities Representative - Angel Rodriguez