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Street Lights

This page was last reviewed on August 21, 2020.

Reporting Outages

Please report street light outages to the Village office by phone at 250-336-2291 or by email to info@nullcumberland.ca.

Please include either the civic address closest to the pole or the BC Hydro pole tag number with your request.

Street Lights in the Village

All street lights on metal poles are the responsibility of the Village while leased street lights on wooden poles are owned and maintained by BC Hydro. LED street lights are now being required for new development within the community and BC Hydro is looking to convert to LED flat lens lights in the near future.

Requests for New Street Lights

All requests for new streetlights should be accompanied with a petition from the area residents supporting the installation. Installation of a streetlight can be controversial because while some residents want the light, others find the additional light intrusive.

Streetlight requests are processed once a year to better prioritize the various requests and to ensure there is ongoing funding to support this service increase. In assessing requests, priority will be based on a number of factors including public and roadway safety, and that funding is available to support ongoing electrical costs. Budget limitation determines the number of new streetlights that may be added to the existing roadway system each year in older areas of Cumberland. The additional streetlights are restricted to locations where an existing BC Hydro power pole exists. In rural areas, streetlights are generally limited to intersections, curves and cul-de-sacs.

To request a new street light, print the Street Light Request form, have all neighbours within 30 m of the proposed location sign the form and submit to the Village Office.

Removal of Lights and Dimming Street Lights

In 2013, Cumberland Council agreed to the BC Hydro proposal to replace drop lens lights with flat lens lights when the light requires replacement due to luminaire failure. LED street lights are now being required for new development within the community and BC Hydro is looking to convert to LED flat lens lights in the near future.

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