Intersection lit by street lights at night

Outdoor Lighting Strategy

Lighting helps make our streets safe for all road users, enhances our public spaces, and helps us to enjoy our city at night. To meet the needs of residents and businesses, we are developing an Outdoor Lighting Strategy for Vancouver. 

The strategy will provide direction on outdoor lighting on streets, public spaces, and private properties across the city. It is meant to:

  • Improve public safety
  • Provide accessible and inviting outdoor spaces
  • Reduce light pollution 
  • Reduce energy usage and cost
  • Minimize ecological impacts

What we're proposing

  • Design guidelines for a citywide transition of our public lighting network towards LED technology
  • New requirements for buildings in residential areas and lane accesses of commercial buildings to reduce unnecessary light pollution
  • Exploration of opportunities to support dark-sky programming and education on light pollution

Why an Outdoor Lighting Strategy?


  • February 2015

    Council directs staff to develop Outdoor Lighting Strategy

  • June 2015

    Greenest City Scholar research

  • September 2017

    Research on issues

  • February 2018

    Consultation with key stakeholders

  • May 2018

    Developed consultation paper

  • June 12, 2018

    Deadline for feedback on consultation

  • We are here
  • March 2019

    Present Outdoor Lighting Strategy to Council