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To report a street light-related problem, call 503-846-7623, email us or submit an online service request.

To Request a new street light, call 503-846-3679 or email us. Street lights are more complicated than you might expect. Getting them installed and determining who pays for the lighting, depends on location and why lights are being installed. See brief details below:

Major Roads

Ideally we'd like to see all major County roads in the urban areas illuminated. Many of our roads were built years ago when there was less traffic and the County was a remote suburb, but we still have many miles of roadway without illumination. New street lights are typically installed on major roads when:

  • The road is reconstructed as part of a voter-approved levy
  • An adjacent land parcel is developed and the developer is required to provide illumination
  • A safety issue is demonstrated and lighting is an identified solution

Neighborhood Streets

Developers usually install street lights on neighborhood streets when new subdivisions are built. Today, nearly all new neighborhoods include street lights, but in years past many did not.

Neighborhood street lights are paid for by property owners as a Service District for Lighting assessment on their property tax bill. The amount each property pays depends on the number of poles and lights installed, the style of equipment selected, and the number of properties included in the benefiting service area. Property owners in neighborhoods without street lights do not pay the assessment.

Portland General Electric (PGE), under contract to the Service District for Lighting, maintains most neighborhood street lights. If a street light needs repair, report it to PGE or contact our office at 503-846-7623 or lutops@co.washington.or.us or submit an online service request. In most cases it will be repaired within 30 days.

Adding new street lights to existing neighborhoods is possible, but requires agreement from the majority of the benefiting property owners who will be paying for them.

Thinking about requesting street lights in your neighborhood? Contact the street lighting experts at 503-846-3679 for more information.

Related: Process to form resident-initiated street light assessment area