Street Lighting

We are responsible for the repair and maintenance of over 40,000 street lighting units (including associated signs, bollards, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings).

Report street lighting fault

We are not responsible for lighting units on Trunk roads. To report faulty streetlights on trunk roads visit Bear Scotland website.

To report a faulty lightning unit go to road/street light fault reporting or contact Roads team to report it by phone or twitter

We aim to:

  • Repair all known street lighting faults within 7 calendar days
  • Repair all traffic light faults within 48 hours (24 hours if a red light is not working)

Part night street light switch off scheme

Aberdeenshire council is proactively thinking of ways to reduce energy, carbon dioxide and costs, so it is rolling out a part night street light switch off scheme that will cut carbon as well as save vital funding. There are approximately 40,000 street lights within Aberdeenshire that are maintained by the council. Annual energy consumption is in the order of 16,000kWh, costing £1.6M. The CO2 output from street lighting is around 8750t.

A trial was introduced initially in Auchenblae, Auchterless, Monymusk, Rora, Sandend and Sauchen. The council has tried to spread the trial across the whole of the Aberdeenshire area by choosing one settlement in each of the six areas. The chosen locations are all good examples of typical rural settlements which will provide sound feedback on the success of the trial. Locations of major junctions and roundabouts have been avoided in the trial for safety reasons.

How does it work

Part night lighting is exactly as it sounds – the lights will only operate for part of the night. The part night street light switch off trial was introduced in March 2011 with street lights being switched off from around midnight until around 6:00am.

There is no statutory requirement on local authorities in the UK to provide public lighting, the law states that the Roads Act (Scotland) 1984 empowers local authorities to light roads in which their opinion ought to be, but does not place a duty.

A 30mph speed limit automatically applies in any road containing a system of street lights placed not more than 200 yards apart, unless signposted with a different speed limit. There is no current law stating that these lights have to be switched on all night to be applicable. Therefore, motorists are advised that the usual 30mph speed limit will be in place regardless of whether the lights are switched on or off.


It has been estimated that the trial can create approximately a 43% reduction in burning hours and electricity costs – this is based on 2011 electricity prices.

New housing developments

Before work can start on the construction of a new road, the developer must obtain Roads Construction Consent.

The developer is responsible for the provision and maintenance of street lighting on roads and footways that are to be adopted by us.

Once street lighting is operational within a new development, the developer is responsible for its maintenance until we formally adopt the road.

We can offer a design service for road lights on a rechargeable basis, further details on this can be obtained by contacting your Local Roads office.

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