Christmas lights could be forced to turn off at night in North Vancouver District

Nov 23 2020, 6:54 pm

District of North Vancouver council is considering an amendment to a nuisance lighting policy that would force homeowners to turn off their outdoor Christmas lighting earlier at night.

The proposed policy change is being made under a city staff report that seeks various amendments to the standards and regulation changes in single-family residential zones, including other changes to the design of retaining walls, height of buildings, and nuisance noise.

For the nuisance lighting amendments, if approved, Christmas lights would be forced to turn off at 11 pm nightly.

Currently, Christmas lights are restricted to the period between November 15 and January 15.

The amendments also seek to add a new restriction to Halloween lights between October 15 and November 7, with the requirement that the displays must be turned off by 11 pm.

Both seasonal lights must remain off until the following day.

The municipal government states these new enforceable policies are the result of nuisance complaints on lighting. Council is expected to make a decision in a public meeting this evening.

Over the years, North Vancouver has had some of the region’s most extravagant residential Christmas light displays, including the festive decorations at 4967 Chalet Place, which featured over 100,000 lights and helped raise money for charities. This display ran for nine years, ending after the 2018 Christmas season.

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