[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester 12-18-2003, effective 1-14-2004 (Ch. II, § 18, 2-18-01 of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate outdoor lighting on private property in order to reduce or prevent light pollution; this means, to the extent reasonably possible, the reduction or prevention of glare and light trespass and the promotion of safety and security.
No person or entity shall have, keep, maintain or cause or permit to be kept or maintained any floodlight, spotlight, other reflector-type light or lighting for illumination (hereinafter "lighting") on any property in such a manner that its light is unnecessarily directed or reflected into any residential building in the immediate vicinity of the property containing the floodlight, spotlight, reflector-type lighting or lighting so as to constitute a continuous annoyance, harassment or compromise of privacy (hereinafter "nuisance") of the person(s) occupying such residential building.
All exterior lighting shall be designed, located, installed and directed in such a manner as to prevent objectionable lighting at and glare across the property lines and glare at any location on or off the property and particularly on residential properties in the vicinity. “Glare,” as used herein, is defined as light emitting from a source with an intensity great enough to reduce a viewer's ability to see, creates a potentially hazardous situations or creates a nuisance.
All exterior lighting shall be of such type and location and shall have such shading or shielding as will prevent the source of light from directly illuminating any adjacent property or road such as to cause a nuisance or to compromise the ability of persons to safely enter upon or travel over such roads.
Security lights controlled by motion sensors should be designed, located and remain on for as short a duration as necessary so as to reduce creating a potentially hazardous situation or nuisance.
This chapter applies to lighting fixtures installed after the effective date of this chapter and to those installed prior to it which are determined to create a nuisance or potentially hazardous situation.
Violations of this chapter shall be abated by the property owner, lessor, lessee or other person in possession of or responsible ("responsible individual") for the property on which the lighting is located and, if not so done, may be abated by the Town at the expense of any one or more of the responsible individuals after the Town has furnished not less than 10 days' written notice to abate such violation. The fine for failure to abate such violation within seven days after such notice has been provided shall be $25 for such first failure, $50 for failure to abate following a second such notice, and $10 per day for each day of such failure to abate thereafter. Such expenses and fines and the Town's legal expenses may be collected by the Town in a civil action against one or more of the above-named responsible individuals. In the case of an emergency, the Town may abate such violation without giving the 10 days' notice.