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Street Lighting Division

The Street Lighting Division is responsible for providing an adequate, modern, aesthetic, efficient lighting system for all roadways, bridges, underpasses, pedestrian walkways, parks and playgrounds under the control of the City of Boston. The Street Lighting division operates as a clearing house for all street lighting in Boston. Whoever installs or maintains street lighting on City streets, the Division has the final say on design, specifications, construction, and maintenance methods.

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    Street Lighting LED Program Receives Leading By Example Award

    The Public Works Street Lighting Division's LED streetlight program recently received  the 2011 Leading by Example Award from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The Leading by Example Awards recognizes outstanding efforts that result in significant and demonstrable energy and environmental benefits. Public Works Commissioner Joanne Massaro accepted the award on behalf of the City of Boston from MA Energy and Environment Secretary Richard Sullivan.

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Please Note Before Submitting Street Light Outage Reports


The Public Works Street Lighting Division is not responsible for maintaining lighting on roadways, parks, or playgrounds owned/managed by:
  • Massachusetts Department of Construction and Recreation 
  • Massachusetts Turnpike
  • MassPort Authority
  • Mass Highway
  • Economic Development Industrial Corporation.

The Street Lighting Division is also not responsible for sports field lighting (please contact Parks and Recreation directly to report). Please do not place requests for lights in these vicinities using this form.