CITY OF SANTA FE
OUTDOOR LIGHTING ORDINANCE


CITY OF SANTA FE

ORDINANCE NO. 1998 - 17

AN ORDINANCE

AMENDING SECTION 14-58.4; CREATING A NEW SECTION 14-62; REPEALING SECTION 14-69.5 AND CREATING A NEW SECTION 14-70.74 SFCC 1987 REGARDING OUTDOOR LIGHTING.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF SANTA FE:

Section 1.   Section 14-58.4 SFCC 1987 (being Ord. 1981-62, Section 4 as amended) is amended to read:

14-58.4 Applicability.

  1. New construction, additions, exterior remodeling, and repainting and restuccoing of buildings in a different color, shall comply with the requirements of this article except as set forth in paragraph B. below.
  2. Compliance is not required for the following;
  3. (1) Detached single-family and two-family buildings and related accessory structures;
    (2) Structures other than buildings, with the exception of filling station canopies, except as required in this article;
    (3) Buildings located in the city's historic districts; and
    (4) Exterior building features not subject to public view. For purposes of this division, "Public view" and "Public visibility" means visible to the public standing on any street, way, or public place without trespassing.
  1. Agencies of the city, county, state and federal governments are encouraged to comply with the Architectural Design Review Ordinance.
  2. Architectural design, site planning, landscaping and lighting may be further restricted elsewhere in this chapter.

ARTICLE V, DIVISION 5 OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Section 2. A new Section 14-62.1 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

14-62.1 [NEW MATERIAL] Short Title. This section may be cited as the "Outdoor Lighting Ordinance".

Section 3. A new Section 14-62.2 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

14-62.2 [NEW MATERIAL] Purpose. The purpose of the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance is to regulate outdoor lighting in order to: reduce light pollution; reduce or prevent glare; reduce or prevent light trespass; conserve energy; promote a sense of safety and security; and ensure aesthetically appropriate outdoor lighting in keeping with the character of Santa Fe.

Section 4. A new Section 14-62.3 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

14-62.3 [NEW MATERIAL] Definitions. As used in this section:

  • Accent lighting means any directional lighting which emphasizes a particular object or draws attention to a particular area.

    Fixture means luminaire.

    Glare means the brightness of a light source that causes eye discomfort.

    Nuisance glare means light that creates an annoyance or aggravation, but does not create a potentially hazardous situation.

    Disabling glare means light that impairs visibility, and does create a potentially hazardous situation for either pedestrians or motorists.

    Lamp means the light producing source installed in the bulb portion of a luminaire.

    Light pollution means general sky glow caused by the scattering of artificial light in the atmosphere and resulting in decreased ability to see the natural night sky.

    Light trespass means light emitted by a luminaire that shines beyond the property on which the luminaire is installed.

    Luminaire means a complete fighting unit including the lamps, together with the parts required to distribute the light, to position and protect the lamps, and to connect the lamps to the power supply. Used synonymously with fixture.

    Shielding means that no light rays are emitted by a fixture above the horizontal plane running through the lowest point of the fixture where light is emitted.

  • Section 5. A new Section 14-62.4 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

    14-62.4 [NEW MATERIAL] Applicability.

    1. All outdoor lighting fixtures installed on private property and on city property after the effective date of this Ordinance shall comply. This Ordinance does not apply to interior lighting.
    2. All outdoor lighting fixtures existing and legally installed and operative before the effective date of this Ordinance are exempt from these requirements.
    3. If a nonconforming fixture is replaced, the replacement fixture shall meet the requirements of this chapter. Modifications to nonconforming fixtures in historic districts shall also comply with Section 14-70 SFCC 1987.
    4. Compliance for single-family residences shall be enforced on a complaint basis.
    5. In the event of a conflict with any other section of this chapter, the more stringent requirement shall apply.
    6. Agencies of the county, state and federal governments are encouraged to comply with the provisions of this Ordinance.
    7. This Ordinance does apply to street lighting.

    Section 6. A new Section 14-62.5 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

    14-62.5 [NEW MATERIAL] Submittals.

    1. Applications for building permits or applications for review by the historic design review board, which include the installation or replacement of outdoor lighting fixtures for new construction, additions or remodeling, shall provide evidence of compliance with the requirements of this Ordinance. The submittal shall contain the following information:
    1. (1) plans indicating the location, type, and height of luminaires including both building and ground mounted fixtures;
      (2) a description of the luminaires, including lamps, poles or other supports, and shielding devices, which may be provided as catalogue cuts from the manufacturer;
      (3) photometric data, such as that furnished by the manufacturer, showing the angle of light emission; and,
      (4) additional information as may be required by the planning and land use department in order to determine compliance with this Ordinance.
       
    2. Applications for single-family residential or other projects where no lamp exceeds 160 watts shall not be required to comply with paragraph A above.

    Section 7. A new Section 14-62.6 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

    14-62.6 [NEW MATERIAL] General Standards.

    1. The following type of lamps are permitted and shall be shielded as follows:

    Lamp type

     required shielding

    low pressure sodium

    yes

    high pressure sodium 

    yes

    metal halide

    yes

    mercury vapor*

    *

    fluorescent, quartz-halogen, and incandescent over 160 watts (per fixture)

    yes

    incandescent 160 watts or less (per fixture)

    no

    glass tubes filled with neon**, argon, or krypton 

    no

    any light 50 watts or less (per fixture)

    no

    other sources***

    yes

  • *Mercury vapor shall be permitted only for the purpose of lighting landscaping and shall be limited to 100 watts per fixture. The lamp shall not be visible from public view. For the purposes of this section "public view" shall mean visible to the average person from any public street, way or place.
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  • **Neon is further restricted in historic districts as set forth in Section 14-70.36 SFCC 1987.

    ***may be approved by the planning and land use director if located outside the historic districts or may be approved by the historic design review board if located inside the historic districts.

    1. Illumination levels and uniformity shall be in accordance with current recommended practices of the illuminating engineering society as available from the planning and land use department. Recommended standards of the illuminating engineering society shall not be exceeded.
    2. All outdoor fighting fixtures shall be designed, installed, located and maintained such that nuisance glare onto adjacent properties or streets shall be minimized to the greatest extent practical. Disabling glare onto adjacent properties or streets shall not be permitted. This section may be enforced on the basis of a formal complaint filed in writing with the planning and land use department.
    3. Except for certain structures in the historic districts or landmark structures, which are regulated by Section 14-70.74 SFCC 1987, accent lighting shall be directed onto the building or object and not toward the sky or onto adjacent properties. Direct light emissions shall not be visible above the roof line or beyond the building edge.

    Section 8. A new Section 14-62.7 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

    14-62.7 [NEW MATERIAL] Searchlights. Searchlights shall be permitted in the historic districts. In and outside historic districts searchlights may be approved as a special use permit by the city manager or his or her designee and shall be operated for no more than three hours and no later than midnight.

    Section 9. A new Section 14-62.8 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

    14-62.8 [NEW MATERIAL] Maintenance. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner or tenant to properly maintain illumination levels and required shielding.

    Section 10. A new Section 14-62.9 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

    14-62.9 [NEW MATERIAL] Further Restrictions. The city reserves the right to further restrict outdoor lighting, including but not limited to restriction of pole height and level of illumination, when it is deemed to be in the best public interest in keeping with the stated purpose of this Ordinance.

    Section 11. A new Section 14-62.10 SFCC 1987 is ordained to read:

    14-62.10 [NEW MATERIAL] Effective Date. Provisions of this Ordinance shall become effective on June 29, 1998.

    Section 12. [REPEAL] Section 14-69.5 SFCC 1987 (being Ord. #1986-25, Section 5 as amended) is hereby repealed.

    Section 13. A new Section 14-70.74 is ordained to read.

    14-70.74 [NEW MATERIAL] Outdoor Lighting. Outdoor lighting shall comply with Section 14-62 SFCC 1987. Upward directed accent lighting may be administratively approved for specific sites of historic or cultural merit in the historic districts and for structures designated landmark outside the historic districts. Fixtures shall not conceal architectural features or diminish architectural character.

    PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED this 29th day of April 1998.

    S/S LARRY A. DELGADO, MAYOR

    ATTEST:

    S/S YOLANDA Y. VIGIL, CITY CLERK

    APPROVED AS TO FORM:

    S/S MARK A. BASHAM, CITY ATTORNEY