Albany County Planning Department
525 Grand Ave. #403 (307)721-2568
Laramie, WY 82070 (307)721-2570 Fax
Section 1: Definitions
"Glare" means the sensation produced by light that is sufficiently greater than the light to which the eyes are adapted to cause annoyance, discomfort, or loss in visual performance or visibility.
"Light bulb" means the component of the light fixture that produces the actual light. A bulb includes, without limitation, a lamp or tube.
"Light fixture" means the complete lighting unit.
"Light pollution" means light that is emitted into the atmosphere that alters the appearance of the night sky or interferes with astronomical observation.
"Light trespass" means light projected onto a property or roadway from a light source located on a different property.
Section 2: Purpose
The purposes of the outdoor lighting standards are to:
Section 3: Scope
Compliance with these requirements shall be required for all new development and replacement of light fixtures for existing development.
The Planning Office shall encourage the public to utilize light fixtures and shielding consistent with the purposes of these standards, provide educational materials, and engage in other public education efforts.
Section 4: Prohibitions
Laser source lights or similar high intensity light used for outdoor advertising or entertainment.
Section 5: Outdoor Light Sources
Light sources shall be concealed or shielded to the maximum extent feasible to minimize glare, light pollution, and light trespass on adjacent property and away from the vision of passing motorists. All lights shall be shielded to direct light downward.
Light levels measured 20 feet beyond the property line of the parcel where the light fixture is located shall not exceed one-tenth foot-candle as a direct result of the adjacent property’s lighting. This restriction shall only apply if the property upon which the measurement is taken is used for residential purposes or a public right-of-way.
Section 6: University Observatory Areas
Within three miles radiuses of the University of Wyoming observatories at Red Buttes and Jelm Mountain, outdoor light fixtures shall utilize low pressure sodium lights. Existing non-conforming light fixtures may be continued until the light fixture is replaced or until seven years from the effective date of this regulation whichever comes first.
Section 7: Exceptions
These outdoor lighting standards shall not apply to the following types of exterior lighting:
Section 8: Variances & Temporary Exemptions:
Section 9: Effective Date:
These regulations shall be effective as of __________________________________, 2003.