Street & Amenity Lighting Policy


1.0    Purpose

This policy outlines Timaru District Council’s policy for street lighting in the district.

2.0    Background

Street and amenity lights provide lighting to roads, walkways, access roads, and car parks. The current street lights are predominately High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lanterns that produce a yellow light with the wattages ranging from 70 to 250 Watts.

Light Emitting Diodes (LED) have many advantages over incandescent light sources. A 27W LED provides the equivalent light output as a 70W High-Pressure sodium (HPS). In addition to lower energy consumption, LED also have a longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size, and faster switching.

At the February 2015 District Services Standing Committee meeting, the Committee considered a report by the Land Transport Manager on options for LED street lighting. The Committee supported an active program to progressively replace street lights with LED technology and that all new street lights also be LED.

Street lights on the State Highways are owned by NZTA but managed by the Council. The replacement of State Highway street lights with LED is encouraged.

3.0    Key Definitions

Amenity lighting  The provision of lighting at night for public amenity (e.g. car parks).

High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) Sodium-vapour lamp is a sodium gas-discharge lamp that produces yellow light.

Lanterns A mounted fixture used to illuminate areas. An enclosure for a light source, used for street lights.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) This is a two-lead semiconductor light source.

LTP  Long Term Plan

NZTA  New Zealand Transport Agency – A Crown entity that provides financial assistance for roads on behalf of the government. They are also the State Highway controlling agency.

Road This is the designated Council road and has the meaning assigned to it as defined in the Local Government Act 1974.

Street lighting The provision of lighting at night in public places to illuminate the roads and pedestrian accessways, including walkways that are not private ways.

TDC Street Lighting System This includes all, Timaru District Council and NZ Transport Agency owned street lights, festoons, poles, cables and wires dedicated to street lighting that are connected to the Electrical Supply Authority’s Systems. In these areas this covers street lighting arms, fixing bolts, underground columns (including foundations) overhead poles for street lighting purposes only, lanterns and associated equipment within Timaru District. Where the lighting is mounted on poles carrying power wires, then the pole and cross arm is excluded.

Unless specifically defined in this policy, all words and expressions shall have the meaning as defined in the Local Government Act 1974 and 2002, the Land Transport Act 1998, and any Acts passed in amendment or substitution thereof.

4.0    Policy

  1. Street lighting shall be designed in accordance with the national street lighting standard, AS/NZS 1158: Lighting for roads and public spaces.
  2. The Council will seek financial assistance from NZTA for the maintenance and renewal of street lighting.
  3. A programme for replacement of lighting with cost effective and energy efficient technology to reduce the Council’s future energy usage as well as minimising ongoing operational and maintenance costs shall be implemented within LTP budget allocations.
  4. All street light network extensions shall be LED, including new developments.
  5. Community amenity lighting that is not eligible for NZTA financial assistance shall be funded from the relevant community rate.
  6. State Highway street lights are managed by Council and entirely funded by NZTA. Council shall encourage the State Highway street lights to be upgraded to LED technology.
  7. Private amenity lighting shall not be connected to the TDC Street Lighting System.
  8. Council will continue to embrace new technologies.

Adopted District Services Committee 22 March 2016

Last updated: 23 Jun 2020