Lighting

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Lighting

Artificial light as such is not classed as development and therefore does not require planning permission.

<P>However, the structures and installations involved may require planning permission specially when they are substantial and materially affect the external appearance of a building. In practice most lighting installations on dwelling houses are permitted development. Although not subject to planning control property owners can protect the amenities of their locality by ensuring that any light source when fitted does not cause highway danger or nuisance to neighbours. If a dwelling or building is listed then Listed Building Consent will often be required for the installation and occasionally the lighting itself. Floodlights and lamp columns on private property normally need planning permission and conditions can be imposed on permissions controlling hours of use, shielding of light sources etc. On commercial, industrial and retail sites, especially those in the countryside, conditions are often imposed to control any future lighting or floodlighting proposals.

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