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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Street Light Installation

Street Lights

How to request a new street light:

1. Contact PBOT Street Lighting and provide the location where a new street light is requested (nearest address or cross street):  streetlighting@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-865-LAMP (5267).

2. PBOT Street Lighting will perform an engineering assessment to determine if the City of Portland street light guidelines are being met and whether an installation is feasible.

  • If an installation is feasible, PBOT Street Lighting will issue a petition to the requestor which will need to be signed by 50% or more of property owners adjacent to the proposed street light. The petition will serve as a record indicating that the signees acknowledge that there will be a change in street light levels due to the installation of a new street light.

3. If the City of Portland street light guidelines are not being met and an installation is feasible, in most cases, PBOT Street Lighting will fund and complete the installation and pay the ongoing energy and maintenance costs.

If the engineering assessment concludes that a new street light is not needed or is not feasible to install, but you would still like to have additional lighting installed:

1. You may request and purchase your own outdoor area lighting

  • If your power provider is PGE, you may request a PGE outdoor area light. See more information on this here: https://www.portlandgeneral.com/safety/outdoor-area-lighting.
  • You may also look into purchasing and installing other building or home lighting options such as landscape lighting, flood lights, spotlights, etc.

If you believe that there is a crime problem in your neighborhood:

1. Contact the Crime Prevention Coordinator for your neighborhood and provide the location as well as information on the crimes taking place. Find the Crime Prevention Coordinator for your neighborhood here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/44649, or call 503-823-4000.

Please note that due to limited funding for new street lights, every new street light installation request is assessed on a case-by-case basis and installations of multiple street lights may not be feasible. If an entire neighborhood is in need of street lighting and the street lighting infill budget cannot cover these costs, the residents of the neighborhood may form a Local Improvement District. See more information on this here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/index.cfm?&c=35715.

If you have any questions on this process, or street lighting in general, please feel free to contact PBOT Street Lighting at streetlighting@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-865-LAMP (5267).