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Relocating a street light

Residents and businesses can apply to relocate street lights to enable new or improved accesses for residential driveways or junctions for new developments.

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Our process

We support Leicestershire residents, where possible, to allow them to widen driveways and increase available off-road parking provision.

The relocation of street lights is often complicated by the layout of the existing lighting system. The spacing between adjacent street lights is critical for the distribution of light on the road surface and, therefore, moving one street light a few metres could have a detrimental impact on lighting levels on the existing highway.

The relocation of our street lights can only be carried out by us, not by other third-party contractors. 

We won't be able to give you an indication that approval is likely, without processing your application and undertaking a technical assessment first. The technical assessment involves a site visit and a review of the lighting design (with the street light relocated).

Initial application fee

You must pay an initial non-refundable application fee of £200 for an engineer to process your application. This fee must be sent with the application form.

Technical assessment after application

Once your application fee is received, one of our experienced street lighting engineers will visit the site and undertake a technical assessment to determine whether it is feasible to safely relocate the street light.

We may be undertaking between 10-15 technical assessments each day, so we cannot guarantee an exact arrival time. We won't need access to your property, therefore there is no need for you to be there during the assessment.

We aim to advise you on the outcome within 2 weeks of completing the site visit, subject to our other workloads.

  • If the technical assessment supports your application, we will advise you accordingly and send you a quotation for the works at the same time (deducting your application fee from the works price).
  • If the technical assessment doesn't support your application, we'll send you a letter to tell you the reasons why the street light cannot be relocated.

Quotation for approved applications

Once your application is approved, we will provide you with a quotation for undertaking the relocation work.

Our quotation will be valid for 30 days from the date of issue and makes suitable allowances for the following:

  • supply of all plant, labour, materials
  • erection and dismantling of all temporary traffic management
  • reinstatement of the highway and disposal of arisings
  • charges from the third-party distribution network operator for disconnecting and re-connecting to the mains electrical supply

If you choose to proceed with the relocation:

  • you must provide written confirmation that you accept the quotation and
  • make full payment in advance of any work being undertaken

The application fee will be deducted from our quotation. If you want to proceed with the works after the quotation has lapsed, you should contact our Customer Service Centre and they will check with us to see whether an updated quotation is required.

Please note: If you decide not to accept our quotation, the street light will not be relocated and your application fee will not be refunded.

Cost to relocate a street light

We will charge the applicant for all costs incurred.

The cost to relocate a street light within 3 meters of its existing location on the same side of the road, is typically between £1,400 and £2,500. However, this can vary depending on the height of the street light to be installed, the provision of a suitable lantern, the extent of the excavation and the charges from the third-party distribution network operator for the associated electrical works.

Relocation work

Once we have received your full payment in advance, we will order the works.

We rely on the third-party distribution network operator for the disconnection and re-connection to the electrical supply. The timescales for this can be uncertain — however we will aim to progress your street light relocation in approximately 16 weeks from receipt of your application to completion of the works on site.

Before you apply

We have prepared a list of typical issues that you need to consider before you apply.

If you answer Yes to any of the questions below, you should carefully consider whether it is worth applying.

Application process

You should expect to hear back within 10 working days after we receive your application.

Apply online

You will need to provide:

  • the street light number– this can be found on the black number plate attached to the street light
  • a landscape photograph of the front of your property, showing the existing location of the street light and the means of access to your property from the highway
  • a photograph to show the preferred position for the street light relocation

At the end of the online application, you will be asked for your payment details for the £200 non-refundable application fee.

Apply online to relocate a street light

Apply by post

We recommend that you apply online. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit your application by post. You can print the application form below:

Relocation of street lights application form  Opens new window

You should return the form, along with a cheque made payable to Leicestershire County Council for the £200 non-refundable application fee, to:

Customer Service Centre
Highways and Street Lighting
Leicestershire County Council
County Hall
Glenfield
Leicester
LE3 8ST

If you need to widen your driveway, please remember not to return this form until your application for vehicle access (dropped kerbs) has been approved.

Make an appeal

If you wish to appeal, you will need to contact us in writing at the postal address above or by filling in our Customer Services online contact form, stating the grounds for your appeal.

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