Determination of Outdoor Lighting Zones and Adopted Local Outdoor Lighting Ordinances

The Energy Commission first adopted Outdoor Lighting Zone requirements in the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. In the updated 2008 Standards, Section 10-114 was edited to include administrative rules for Energy Commission notification when local jurisdictions adopt specific outdoor lighting levels.

Outdoor Lighting Zones - 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

A local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) may officially adopt changes to the lighting zone designation of an area by following a public process that allows for formal public notification, review, and comment about the proposed change. For example, the local AHJ may determine areas where Lighting Zone 4 is applicable and may increase or decrease the lighting zones for areas that are in State Default Lighting Zones 1, 2 and 3, as specified in Table 10-114-A of the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Local AHJs who adopt changes to the State Default Lighting Zones shall notify the Commission by providing the following materials to the Executive Director:

  1. Documentation establishing that the party submitting the notification to the Energy Commission is the local AHJ.
  2. A detailed specification of the boundaries of the adopted Outdoor Lighting Zones, consisting of the county name, the city name if any, the zip code(s) of the redesignated areas, and a description of the physical boundaries within each zip code.
  3. A description of the public process that was conducted in adopting the Outdoor Lighting Zone changes, including the dates and publication used for the formal public notification, an explanation of the process conducted to allow review and comment, and a copy of the adopted resolution made by the AHJ.
  4. An explanation of how the adopted Outdoor Lighting Zone changes are consistent with the specifications of Section 10-114. The Commission has the authority to not allow Lighting Zone changes which the Commission finds to be inconsistent with the specifications of Section 10-114 of the Standards.


If you have questions about Outdoor Lighting Zones, please contact the Energy Standards Hotline.