Traffic Engineering staff works closely with the residents of unincorporated areas to address the installation of new street lights or upgrades to existing street lights within their community. If requested, staff members will attend Homeowner Association meetings to discuss the procedure for requesting a study and possible installation of street lights.
In order to obtain street lights along residential streets, residents of a community complete an application form. The application form requests information on the community as well as a contact person's name and phone number. Upon receiving the completed application, the Division then requests a complete legal description of this new area along with a new District boundary from the Highway Construction & Engineering Division. When necessary, the existing taxing district for these residential street lights is expanded to include new areas. Residents pay for residential street lights through special assessments in their property taxes. Staff will then contact Florida Power & Light Company for a one year cost estimate for this new location.
Once the plan has been developed, the residents of the new area will be provided with a breakdown of the costs. The cost is based on a formula using the current or estimated millage rate for the unincorporated street lighting district and the average assessment.
The next step is the completion of the petition. The contact person will be responsible for obtaining the signatures of the required fifty percent plus one of homeowner's in favor of street lights within their community. The petition shall have every street address within the community listed along with only one signature per home equaling a minimum of fifty percent plus one. This fifty percent plus one is required to annex the new area into the existing Taxing District. Upon receiving the petition, staff will determine if the appropriate number of signatures have been obtained. Once approved, the residents will be billed for these streets lights through their property taxes each year.
Staff will then coordinate with the Florida Power and Light Company to begin the process of design and obtaining the necessary utility easements from residents for the installation of street light poles. Construction will begin upon receipt of the required signed and notarized easement agreement between the homeowner(s) and Florida Power and Light Company.
If you are within the unincorporated areas of Broward County and would like further information on this program, please call 954-847-2671 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding street lights on major roadways, visit our web page at: Major Roadway Street Lighting