The installation of new street lights in a residential area is initiated by petition of the area property owners. Upon acceptance of a successful petition, the City Council can decide whether to create a special benefit assessment district for the sole purpose of constructing street lights, and will establish the charges to be paid by the property owner(s) who derive benefits from the improvement to their properties.


The following is a brief synopsis of the procedures that would be followed during a formal petition process to install new street lights:

  • Cost estimate is broken down in order to identify special benefit versus general benefit of the street lights to determine cost to area residents
  • Development of cost estimate for design, installation and ongoing maintenance of street lights
  • Petition circulated by area residents to achieve consensus on the desire to install street lights
  • The costs for installation of street lights include, but are not limited:
    • Installation of street lights
    • Preparation of electrical design by SCE
    • Preparation of street light improvement plan
  • The petition should include/identify the boundary of the proposed street lights through a written description and/or a to scale printed map

Public Meetings & Hearings

A Public Meeting will be held in order to notify all interested parties to discuss proposed assessment and review diagrams of the proposed street light locations

A Public Hearing is held at a City Council meeting to receive ballots sent to affected property owners. This ballot will identify the costs for the design, installation and ongoing maintenance of the street lights and request affected property owners to vote in favor or against the proposed assessment


If the ballots received are in favor of creating the assessment for installation of street lights (simple majority), the City will proceed with the design and installation of street lights in the requested area

Upon completion of construction, assessments will be recorded with the County recorder and mailed to the area residents for payment, with subsequent years identified on the property tax roll