Only those who have street lighting pay for it. Through the purchase of a property which has street lighting, or through an assessment for a street lighting project, property owners pay for installation of street lighting in Los Angeles. Maintenance costs are assessed annually. This is not paid for from the basic property taxes or other taxes. New assessments require a vote of the property owners in compliance with Proposition 218, now part of the California Constitution.
UTILITARIAN LIGHTS (ON WOODEN POWER POLES)
Upon request by nearby residents or businesses, the City may install one light on an existing power pole at an intersection, or on a street or in an alley no closer than every 300 feet, at no cost for installation or maintenance. This lighting is only for minimal traffic safety. The DWP does the physical installation. Contact the DWP at 1-800-dial-dwp (1-800-342-5397).
ELECTROLIER STREETLIGHTS (ON STEEL OR CONCRETE POLES)
This type of installation is for complete, uniform lighting on streets. Property owners are responsible for their share of the costs of 1) installation and 2) annual maintenance. City policy is to install electroliers with underground wiring, that meets our standards for lighting level and uniformity.
If there are only utilitarian lights (on wooden power poles) at each intersection, for instance, and you want complete lighting, an electrolier street lighting system can be designed and installed if first requested by a majority of the property owners on the street. A petition from the Bureau of Street Lighting is needed. (Call (213) 847-1400.) This will give the costs, description of lighting and other information. Current cost for a modern lighting system on most residential streets is about $3,400. Annual maintenance assessments are about $70 for a single family residential property on a lot of .2 acres or less.
UPGRADING EXISTING ELECTROLIER STREETLIGHTS
The Bureau of Street Lighting will investigate the existing streetlighting system to determine what work is needed to upgrade the lighting, upon written request. Property owners are responsible for the cost of upgrading existing streetlights, and there would be some increase in the annual maintenance assessment due to the increased electrical energy required.
For lighting modernization or replacement call (213) 847-1826.
For new electrolier lighting and questions about assessments, call (213) 847-1431.
For tree trimming needed for street lighting, call (800) 996-2489 or (213)847-1400.
For lights out or in need of other repairs, call 311 or (866) 452-2489.
For questions about street lighting maintenance assessments, call (213) 847-1363.
For general questions regarding street lighting call (213) 847-1400.
For street lighting repairs call (3-1-1).
Requests for services may be sent to: email@example.com
Bureau of Street Lighting Website: bsl.lacity.org
1149 S. Broadway, Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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