Outdoor Lighting Code

Outdoor Lighting Permit

An outdoor lighting plan is not generally submitted as a separate permit. Usually outdoor lighting information is included as part of the construction documents for a house, addition or commercial project. The following information will be expected to be shown in the building plans.

Step 1.Complete the Building Permit Application

(if the outdoor lighting is not part of a larger set of construction plans)

Permit Application(PDF, 109KB)

Step 2.Provide the following information:

Site Electrical Plan

  • Show the entire lot
  • Ensure the property lines are clearly identified 
  • Indicate where the new light fixture(s) will be installed 
  • Include landscape lighting if included in the scope of the project

Lighting Details - The following is to determine if the lighting meets the Oro Valley Zoning Code requirements:

  • Provide a calculation of code compliance with the following information submitted in table format as shown in the sample table:
  • Size (acres) of property 
  • Lighting Zone per table 27-5
  • Lighting Option used from table 27-5
  • Total allowed lumens (list shielded and unshielded separately)
  • Total lumens used (list shielded and unshielded separately)
  • Luminaire Schedule:
  • ID number or letter of each outdoor fixture.
  • ID number or letter should match fixture labels on the site plan
  • Identify the fixtures as fully shielded, unshielded or exempt
  • Mean lumens per fixture
  • Quantity of each fixture
  • Include fixtures that are exempt per OVZCR Section 27.5 and label those fixtures as “exempt”
  • Call out heights of light fixtures from grade to luminaire
  • Include height of wall mounted lights – Ensure compliance with the OVZCR 27.5.F.4 & 5
  • Label and include any existing site lighting in calculations
  • Submit cut sheets for each outdoor fixture.  Label each cut sheet with a corresponding ID number or letter on the plans

Electrical Details - The following is to determine compliance with the current electrical codes:

  • Residential:
  • Identify if additional circuit(s) are required or if using existing circuit(s)
  • Identify ampere rating of main panel. Electrical load calculations may be required depending on the new electrical load(s) added
  • Identify route of electrical wiring ie: underground, through attic, overhead, etc.
  • If using conduit identify type and size of conduit
  • Identify type and size of electrical wire
  • Commercial:
  • Provide a one line diagram of the main service and panel(s). Identify panel ampere ratings
  • Provide electrical load calculations and panel schedule(s)
  • Provide all electrical wiring methods and specifications, including all legends and acronyms
  • The electrical design may require an electrical engineer depending on the scope of work
  • Plans stamped by a registered design professional
  • Provide a point by point computer printout of foot candles 

Step 3. Prepare your project for electronic submittal by doing the following:

  • All documents must be in PDF format
  • The security level in the PDF must allow the Town to apply stamps, markups and ultimately approvals on the document
  • Do not mix portrait and landscape pages in the same document. Rotate all pages the same direction
  • Label the documents with the appropriate name. For example: Application, Cut Sheets, Calculations, etc.

Step 4. Email the entire submittal in PDF format to: permits@orovallayaz.gov, (if the file is larger than 10MB, submit as a link)

 You will receive an email letting you know the submittal has been received.

Step 5.Plan review is 10 business days