Street lighting

Read our mini guide on street lighting

The Highways team are responsible for repairing and maintaining the street lights plus traffic signals, illuminated bollards and signs on roads owned by the Council. We're always looking at ways we can reduce our energy consumption by using new technology such as solar powered lighting and LEDs or by dimming new lights to avoid wastage.

Before reporting, check out our common street light faults so you can identify what the issue is. This helps us to log, plan and carry out the right repairs. You can also check out our frequently asked questions on street lighting for more information. If you want to apply for a shield to be installed on street light to limit light intrusion email your request including the street light reference number to: There is a charge for this application. 

Report a faulty, broken or damaged street light


Relocating a street light

Residents and businesses can apply to relocate a street light that is on the adopted highway to help access to a residential driveway or a junction in a new development. Street lights are placed as part of an overall design to provide the right amount of lighting in an area based on the type of road and the environment so this is not always possible. There is a non-refundable fee with this application.

Application form to request a street light relocation.


Festive Lighting

If you want to place any festive lighting, banners or bunting within the public highway you must first apply for permission to the Council.

These types of installation can enhance public spaces for the festive periods and help to create a sense of community. However they must be safe, secure and meet our standards otherwise we will not allow them to be installed on our assets.

Read our seasonal lighting code of practice  to find out what minimum standards we require and how you can apply.

Our street lighting team can help to advise you with any technical information and safety checks. Any contractor carrying out works on the public highway must be approved by us.

Any additional weight to a street light column must have a structural test beforehand - the cost of this test will be covered by the applicant. This also includes hanging baskets.

Completed applications for Christmas 2022 festive lights should've been sent to the Street Lighting team by 1 July 2022.

You can get in touch with them by email at or Application Form to Install Festive Lights on the Highway

LED Upgrade Programme

LED is a more energy efficient type of light that we are rolling out across MK. The light is crisper, brighter and can be targeted just where it is needed. They use less energy and don't need replacing as often as the old orange lights. Also they don't contain any harmful chemicals like sodium and mercury which the older ones do.

We have over 58,000 street lights across Milton Keynes. This is a very high number and we need to reduce our energy bill to save money especially as energy prices are rising.

The grid roads and many estates are already converted to LED and we'll be rolling out the upgrade to other estates over the next few years. Once the LED roll out is complete we’ll be able to save between 50-70% of energy. Good news for us and the environment.

To find out more about LEDs and our upgrade programme, check out our frequently asked questions sheet

Our Service statement on street lighting

We promise to...

  • provide a street lighting service as set out in our code of practice for street lighting maintenance

  • carry out visual checks after dark of all street lights on grid roads, redways and underpasses each month so that any lighting issues are identified, logged and repairs scheduled in

  • respond to reports of street lighting faults in all other areas 

  • provide a 24-hour service and will attend to emergencies within 2 to 24 hours

  • aim to repair a ‘light out’ within 7 days of reporting or for a single light out on a grid road, 28 days

  • carry out structural and electrical testing of street lights annually

'Dayburners' are lights that are on during the day but these are not a safety issue but do show that there is an issue with the sensor that should turn them off at sunrise and back on at sunset.

We will prioritise dayburners as a ‘Planned Job’ and will plan these into our repair schedule for the next 2-3 months. Dayburning lamps make up 5% of faults repaired. 

For more information and an example of a dayburners have a look at our common street light faults fact sheet.