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Birmingham City Council

Street Lighting - Technical Approval of a Lighting Design

Street Lighting

All new lighting and amendments to existing lighting systems must be approved at the design stage, before construction, to ensure they are suitable for adoption.  Unless specifically agreed otherwise, the council will grant the lighting scheme design approval.

Any alterations to the highway scheme layout, lighting column position or cable routes that have in any way affected the approved lighting scheme design shall be re-submitted for approval prior to construction.  The council reserves the right not to issues retrospective design approval.

BCC will define the appropriate road and footway hierarchy and lighting class for all lighting designs on both the existing public highway and new developments.

The designer / developer shall provide the following information to the council: -

  • Electronic copy of the scheme proposals in AutoCAD format
  • 2 paper copies of the design proposals
  • Designer Risk Assessments
  • An electronic copy of the lighting design calculations using Lighting Reality software
  • Sign schedule sheet
  • Private cable Network design information (where applicable)
  • Column and bracket details

If there are circumstances in which the applicant is unable to comply with the requirements of the council’s Development Specification for Streetlighting Works there is a design variation application procedure which needs to be followed in a number of instances.  An example being, a new lighting columns cannot be sited at the rear of a verge or footway as it is physically impossible to so.  Should the need arise further advice on a departure from our standards can be provided.

The BCC Highways Maintenance and Management PFI Service Provider will carry out a review of the design under the Maintenance Accessibility Service and provide a report back to the authority detailing any parts of the design that require amending to allow accrual into the PFI project.