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Christmas Lights Licence

Everyone loves seeing Christmas decorations during the festive season of the year, but if you want to hang up ornament and decorations in your town or village, you will need a Christmas Lights Licence.

LICENCE Name

Christmas Lights Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 4 weeks
COST £25
ELIGIBILITY UK Citizen
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
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Application for Christmas Lights Licence

public liability insurance
site specific risk assessments
structural test reports for the street lights you require the licence to cover
dates of installation and removal
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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.

FAQs

It is recommended to give the local authority up to 4 weeks for an application to be processed. Applicants should look to apply for a Christmas Lights Licence between October and November to have the licence approved in time for December.
The duration of a Christmas Lights Licence will be determined by the local authority. In most instances, a Christmas Lights Licence will be for a specific period of time, not exceeding 3 months.
No. You do not need a Christmas Lights Licence for your house or property. A Christmas Lights Licence is only required if Christmas decorations will be erected from public lampposts and across a road.