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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Street Lights

The Portland Bureau of Transportation owns 55,000 streetlights to brighten public streets within the city limits. Of those, about 4,800 are decorative streetlights like the twin ornamental lights seen Downtown.

The bureau pays the electricity bill and maintains all of the City's street lights. 

In addition, the bureau's streetlight program provides important administrative services, such as:

  • building and installing streetlights to meet the city's adopted standards;
  • approving designs and inspecting construction of new lights by developers;
  • modernizing current lighting systems for energy efficiency;
  • determining utility rate cases that affect streetlighting; and,
  • operating a system for Portland as efficiently and productively as possible.

Report a street light outage at 503-865-LAMP (5267) or online.

To report a street light outage, a light going on and off (cycling), a light on during the day, vandalism, or any other problem with a street light, call the Street Light Outage Hotline or use the online form.

When reporting a problem, please provide as much information as you can about the location, especially pole numbers, adjacent addresses, and side of the street.

Simple repairs may take up to two weeks. With over 55,000 lights, we depend on citizens to report problems. You may get voice mail, so please leave your name and daytime phone number.

Street Light Banners

The City of Portland, Signals and Street Lighting Division manages and processes permits for the installation of banners on Twin Portland Traditional street light poles.