What is a Christmas Lights Licence?
As is common tradition, festive lights and decorations are adorned around a town or village during Christmas.
A Christmas Lights Licence, also known as seeking decorative lighting consent, is a licence that authorises ornaments and lights to be erected over a road, as well as from lamp posts around a town or village.
Why do I need a licence to hang Christmas lights?
Any attachment to a street light such as Christmas lights and decorations will affect the weight of the street light and the structural stability of the lighting unit. There is also health and safety regulations that need to be followed when hanging lights and decorations over a road to ensure the protection of residents and the public.
As such, anyone wishing to attach seasonal decorations to a street lighting column or across a road must seek decorative lighting consent and apply for a Christmas Lights Licence.
REMEMBER – Applicants will need to ensure a risk assessment of the areas in which the decorations will be erected has been carried out before approval of licence application.
How to apply for a Christmas Lights Licence
An applicant must seek decorative lighting consent from their local council to erect ornaments and decorations from street lighting and over a road.
If you are a resident of Northern Ireland, you can apply for a Christmas Lights Licence via the Official UK Government Website.