What do the proposed regulations require?

    The proposed amendments:

    (1) Establish a lumen max per outdoor fixture and property – the higher the lumen, the brighter the light. 

    (2) Set a max of 3,000 degrees Kelvin to prevent harsh outdoor lighting.

    (3) Require fully shielded outdoor lighting. 


    What can I do to protect the night sky?

    Install outdoor bulbs with a maximum of 3,000 degrees Kelvin and 2,000 lumens per fixture

    Use dimmers, timers, or motion sensors for outdoor lighting 

    Select outdoor lighting fixtures that are fully shielded and direct light downward

    Use outdoor lights only when and where they are needed

    What are some benefits of protecting the night sky?

    Conserve energy

    Protect the ecosystem and wildlife

    Be a courteous neighbor

    Reduce light pollution

    See the stars

    How can I participate in the process?

    Complete the survey by November 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM


    Email planners liz.jackson@parkcity.org and rebecca.ward@parkcity.org.


    Participate in virtual community discussions:

    October 22, 2020 - 6:00 PM 

    October 27, 2020 - 12:00 PM

    Please ensure to register for virtual community discussions by clicking the dates above, as it is required to participate.


    Participate in public meetings

    November 11, 2020 - Planning Commission Meeting, 5:30 PM

    December 10, 2020  - City Council Meeting, 6:00 PM



    How will the new lighting regulations be enforced?

    Dark skies don't happen overnight. While new construction will be required to meet the updated standards, some existing lighting will require retrofits to comply with the heightened standards. The City Council will make the final determination on the appropriate compliance time frame. 

    Please take the Dark Sky Survey. Your responses will provide valuable information for the Council to consider. Thank you for participating! 


    Where can I find more information?

    Click here to view the International Dark-Sky Association examples of fully shielded fixtures

    Click here to view Summit County's updated lighting ordinance

    Click here to view before and after photos of lighting retrofits in Fort Collins 

    Click here to view the current Park City lighting regulations (scroll down to subsection J)



    What does it mean to be a Dark Sky Community?

    The International Dark-Sky Association certifies communities that show exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through effective lighting regulations and community support and compliance.

    There are two Dark Sky Communities in Utah:

    Helper, Utah

    Torrey, Utah

    Utah also has 12 Dark Sky Parks and a Dark Sky Sanctuary.