Street (public) lighting

These are lighting projects generally required by the local government or the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).

Developers are responsible for obtaining the approval of the local government/DTMR (as relevant) for the lighting arrangement, before applying for network connection.

The Electrical Reticulation design must include street lighting that is compliant with AS/NZS 1158.  The local government or DTMR (as relevant) must agree to the number and types of street lights to be installed, and accept accountability for their on-going maintenance and energy costs.

The Developers Handbook (PDF 298.2 kb) provides further information about the complete connection process, including the connection offer stage and supporting explanations.

Network connection process

1. Enquiry

You'll first need to complete the online developer enquiry form before submitting a subdivision lighting connection application. We'll contact you within 5 business days (or other agreed date) to confirm details and provide more information on the process.

We’ll also provide you with a Works Request number. This number should be referenced on all future communications with us.

As you’ll need to submit a lighting design with your application, we’ll provide you with design parameters. These parameters outline what’s needed to ensure your design meets our connection and planning requirements.

This can take up to 25 business days depending on a range of factors, including:

  • Quality of information provided on your enquiry form
  • Available network capacity.

If need be, we’ll contact you during this period to negotiate an extension to help us give you the information you need to complete your application.

2. Design

Your design must be completed by a design consultant from our Approved Public Lighting Designers list (PDF 181.9 kb).

3. Application

To apply for connection to our network, you must email a completed Public Lighting Application Form (PDF 218.7 kb) to

There'll be various costs, including an application fee, design fee and inspection charges. See our latest price lists on our Connections charges webpage.

In order for us to process your application, the following is required:

  • Acceptance of the application fee, design fee and any other relevant charges
  • An electronic copy of the proposed subdivision Electrical Reticulation/Street Lighting plan and other plans detailing other services (i.e. sewerage, water, storm water, telecommunications and gas)
  • A copy of the local government’s conditions and design approval and/or DTMR's design approval
  • Details of the construction contractors you have engaged from our Approved Public Lighting Construction Contractors list (PDF 201.9 kb)
  • Nomination of the materials suppliers for any Category A materials (refer to Developers Handbook (PDF 298.2 kb)).

4. Offer

We'll make a connection offer within 65 business days of receiving your completed application. It must be accepted within 20 business days.

You may accept the connection offer and enter into a new Negotiated Connection Establishment Contract by:

  • Returning the signed copies of the relevant documents
  • Paying any relevant fees
  • Satisfying all other requirements set out in the contract by the due date.

Read more about connection offer terms

A connection offer is valid for 20 business days, unless otherwise agreed in writing with us.  If the connection offer isn't accepted within the relevant time frame, it will automatically lapse.

If you wish to recommence the project at a later date, a new connection application will be required along with the connection application fee.

5. Construct

Site construction works may only commence following a pre-start meeting and confirmation that design plans have been reviewed and approved by us.

We need to inspect conduits or other such infrastructure before its buried or hidden from view. We may also do random audits at any time during the construction phase without notice.

We’ll conduct a final audit after construction is completed. Any defects found during this final audit must be rectified before a Certificate of Acceptance can be issued.

6. Connection

It’s important that you notify us of the expected completion date well in advance, so we can schedule the final testing and commissioning works. This helps to ensure the timely connection of the development.