NY Ordinances

NYS Communities with Lighting Ordinances

The following communities have a light pollution control ordinance or clauses already on the books.The list is not complete, and additions are solicited.If you wish to help, please let us know of localities that can be added.

Name Type Status / Comments
Albany* City Scattered references, some good points.
Amherst* Town Enacted (Chapter 132)
Arcade Village Enacted – (Section 817) Prohibits uplighting, requires full-cutoff for all parking lots.
Atlantic Beach** (complete code on GCP site) Village Enacted
Babylon* Town EnactedSee §213-245
Big Flats Town Enacted
Brighton* Town Scattered references, some good points (glare and trespass from ATMs).
Bronxville* Village Enacted (§ 310-24)
Brookhaven Town Enacted (Article XXXIX)
Buffalo* City Scattered references.
Canandaigua Town Enacted – Ord. adopted in June 2005
Canastota* Village A few weak references.
Catskill* Town Limited requirement for site plan review.
Cheektowaga* Town A few references.
DeWitt Town Enacted
East Hampton* Village Enacted
April 2004, adopted a comprehensive outdoor lighting ordinance based on the Hailey, Idaho ordinance. Local copy archived here.
East Hampton* Town § 255-1-81 through 255-1-84, local copy here (PDF)
Fairport Village Interested
Farmington Town Enacted (no reference avail. yet)
Fort Edward Town Interested
Greenburgh* Town Some provisions in § 240-2 “SIGN AND ILLUMINATION LAW.”
Hamburg** Town Enacted (Chapter 155)
Huntington* Town Enacted (Sec. 198-199)
Also: Chapter 87 (Building Construction)
Ithaca* Town Enacted Chapter 173
Lloyd Harbor Village Enacted May 17, 2010
Mendon* Town Enacted
Muttontown** Village Enacted (Chapter 94)
Niskayuna Town Enacted (§ 220-48.8>15) Calls for site plan review, IESNA guidelines, 0.1 fc trespass, balance conflicting requirements.
Northport* Village Enacted (Chapter 191)
Ogden Town Interested
Patchogue* Village Enacted Chapter 93 Article XVI (Not yet on General Code site.)
Perinton* Town Scattered references, limit of 1/2 footcandle light trespass
Quogue Village Enacted (§ 123-14>15)
Rhinebeck Town Enacted (pages 20-21)
Riverhead Town Enacted(71KB PDF file)
Rush Town Enacted (adopted Jun 14, 2001)
Sagaponack Village Enacted (§ 119-5)
Schodack Town Enacted (219-23 C) unreasonable glare
Southampton Town Enacted local law
Suffolk County Local Law to Reduce Light Pollution From County-OwnedBuildings,” introduced by Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman on 6/22/04.
Trenton Town Interested
Tully* Town § 280-9, section E, local copy here (PDF)
Upper Brookville** Village Enacted (Chapter 134)
Utica City Enacted (Sec. 2-29-526 Glare Standards)
Victor Town Work in progress
Vooresville Village Enacted
Westhampton Beach Village Enacted (Art. IV Sec. 197-25.1)
West Seneca** Town Enacted(Chapter 79)
Warwick* Town Enacted (§ 164-43.4)
Woodstock Town Enacted (V.A.3) 150-watt shielding, 1 yr sunset

* = Uses the services of General Code Publishers. That municipality’s codes might be available at the General Code web site (www.generalcode.com).
** = Special thanks to General Code Publishers for providing SELENE with text of chapters from communities marked with a double-asterisk.

Not sure if your community has an LP control ordinance? The best source of information is your local building inspector, planning board, or elected officials.

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