Be it enacted by the Village Board of the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, County of Orange, State of New York, as follows:
Section 1. Local Law.
This Local Law is enacted for the purpose of creating regulations for the installation and use of outdoor lighting within the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson.
Chapter 172 of the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Village Code, entitled “ZONING” shall be and hereby is amended by this Local Law as follows:
The following text is added as the new Article XV, entitled “INSTALLATION OF OUTDOOR LIGHTING”:

172-80            Outdoor Lighting Standards.

A.  Purpose. The Village of Cornwall on Hudson has enacted this ordinance to regulate the installation of outdoor lighting in order to achieve the following purposes:

  1. to provide standards for outdoor lighting;
  2. to promote energy efficient and sustainable lighting practices and luminaires;
  3. to minimize adverse off-site impacts from new and existing lighting installations;
  4. to permit reasonable uses of outdoor lighting for safety, utility, security, productivity, commerce and enjoyment;
  5. to minimize glare;
  6. to avoid impacts on nearby residential properties, and
  7. to reduce atmospheric light pollution.


B.  Definitions.

A unit of illuminance amounting to one lumen per square foot as measured 36      inches above the ground at brightest point.

An outdoor lighting fixture that, by design of the housing, does not allow any light             dispersion or direct glare to shine above a ninety-degree, horizontal plane from    the base of the fixture.  Fully shielded fixtures must be installed in a horizontal   position as designed, or the purpose of the design is defeated, and direct glare       will result.

Fully shielded luminaire light fixture which can control the glare in any direction.

The eye's line-of-sight contact with a direct light source that causes annoyance,
discomfort, or loss in visual performance and ability.

The height of the luminaire shall be the vertical distance from the ground directly below the center line of the luminaire to the lowest direct-light-emitting part of the       luminaire.

Density of luminous flux incident on a surface.  Unit is foot-candle or lux.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America is a nonprofit           organization that develops and publishes standards regarding lighting.   Headquartered in New York City, United States, IESNA standards are in effect      throughout all of North America with its nearly 8,000 members.  Internationally, IESNA collaborates with the International Commission on Illumination to promote         uniformity with the rest of the world.

Lighting which is positioned and aimed to illuminate foliage, walkways,       driveways, decks, patios, and other pedestrian areas whether or not mounted on          a structure.

A complete lighting system, including a light source component (lamp or lamps     that produce the actual light) and a fixture.

            One lumen per square meter; unit of illuminance.


The nighttime illumination of an outside area or object by any man-made device   located outdoors that produces light by any means.

An electrically powered illuminating device or other outdoor lighting fixture,            including all parts used to distribute the light and/or protect the lamp,         permanently installed or portable, used for illumination or advertisement.  Such devices shall include, but are not limited to, search, spot, flood, and area lighting       for buildings and structures; recreational areas; parking lot lighting; landscape      lighting; signs (advertising and other); street lighting; product display area lighting; building overhangs, and open canopies.

A light fixture that is not fully shielded but incorporates a partial shield around the             lamp by opaque barrier(s) such as louvers, shields, and other means in order to             prevent the light source from being visible from property lines, roadways, or into

An outdoor lighting fixture recessed into a canopy ceiling so that the bottom of      the fixture is flush with the ceiling.

Any light source that distributes illumination above a ninety-degree horizontal       plane.

A lighting unit designed for direct mounting on building walls whose primary           function is to light building exteriors.


172-81            Applicability.

A.        Single Family and Two-Family Residences.

1.  Existing Installations.  All existing outdoor lighting on a structure and /or property devoted exclusively to single and two-family residential use, installed prior to the effective date of this ordinance, shall be exempt from the provisions of this ordinance. 

2.  Replacement, Modification, or Refurbishment of Existing Installations, Including Bulb Replacements.  All existing outdoor lighting on a structure and/or property devoted exclusively to single and two-family residential use which is replaced, modified, refurbished, retrofitted and/or installed, including the replacement of light bulbs, after the effective date of this ordinance, shall be the minimum necessary, in both number of luminaires and intensity of light, to achieve the intended purpose of the lighting, and shall meet the standards as provided in section 172-83.

3.  Additions, Improvements, Alterations and Addition of New Fixtures.  All outdoor lighting, including lighting and/or light fixtures as part of an addition, modification, alteration or otherwise, on a structure and/or property devoted exclusively to single or two-family residential use, installed after the effective date of this ordinance shall conform to the standards set forth in section 172-83.

B.  Other Than Single-Family and Two-Family Residences.

1.  Existing Installations.  All existing outdoor lighting installed on a structure and /or property devoted exclusively to OTHER THAN single and two-family residential use, shall comply with the provisions of this ordinance within the time period required by section 172-86 herein. 

2.         Replacement, Modification, Refurbishment of Existing Installations, Including Bulb Replacement or Improvements, Alterations and Addition of New Fixtures.  All existing outdoor lighting on OTHER THAN single and two-family structures and/or property, which is replaced, modified, refurbished, retrofitted and/or installed and any additions, improvements, alterations and/or installation of new fixtures, installed after the effective date of this chapter, shall meet the standards as provided in section 172-83.

172-82 .  Required submittals for projects requiring site plan review.

A.  Site Plan Approval.

An applicant for any work involving outdoor lighting fixtures that requires site plan approval shall submit, as part of the application, evidence that the proposed work shall comply with this Article.  In addition, the Village’s Code Enforcement Officer, in his or her sole discretion, may refer an applicant for any work involving outdoor lighting fixtures governed by this Article occurring in areas of the Village covered by the View Preservation District to the Village Planning Board for site plan approval with respect to said lighting.


B.  Contents of Planning Board Submission.

  1. plans indicating the location, height, orientation, type of illuminating device, and wattage of each outdoor lighting fixture;
  2. description of the illuminating fixtures, lamps, supports, reflectors, and other devices, including, but not limited to, catalog cuts by manufacturers and drawings (including sections where required), glare reduction/control devices, on-off cycle control devices, and mounting devices;
  3. location and use of adjacent properties;
  4. nearby properties that may be affected by the proposed lighting plan;
  5. photometric data, such as that furnished by manufacturers, or similar showing the angle of cutoff or light emissions;
  6. additional information that the Planning Board or Code Enforcement Officer determines is necessary, including, but not limited to, an iso-lux plan indicating levels of illumination in foot-candles, at ground level, and a statement of the proposed hours and days of the week when the luminaries will be on and when they will be extinguished, and
  7. prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy, the developer or builder must be able to verify to the Village Code Enforcement Officer, in writing, that all outdoor lights were installed as described on the approved lighting plans.


C.  Lamp or Fixture Substitution.  

Should any outdoor lighting fixture or the type of light source therein be changed to a greater intensity after a lighting permit has been issued or the site plan approved, a change request must be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer for revised approval.  The Code Enforcement Officer, in consultation with the Engineer for the Village, shall review the change request to assure compliance with this Article.  If the change request is not substantial, the Code Enforcement Officer may approve it.  If the change request is substantial, the Code Enforcement Officer shall forward such request to the Planning Board for an amended approval, which must be received prior to substitution.

D.  Approved Materials and Methods of Construction or Installation/Operation.  

The provisions of this Article are not intended to prevent the use of any design, material, or methods of installation or operation not specifically prescribed by this Article, provided any such alternate has been approved.  The Planning Board or Code Enforcement Officer may approve such proposed alternative provided it:
(1)  provides at least approximate equivalence to the applicable specific requirement of this Article, and
(2)  is otherwise satisfactory and complies with the purpose of this Article.

172-83.  General Requirements.

A.  General standards.  All outdoor lights and externally illuminated signs shall be designed, located, installed, and directed in such manner as to prevent light trespass at and across the property lines, and to prevent direct glare at any location off the property, and to be shielded to the extent possible so as to confine the light within the property.  The Village encourages, and in some cases requires, that the minimum lighting levels be used to attain efficient and effective use of outdoor lighting.  The latest recommended levels for outdoor lighting set by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) shall be observed for reference levels.

B.  Prohibitions.

  1. Uplighting that is unshielded is prohibited.  Externally lit signs, displays, buildings, structures, streets, parking areas, recreational areas, landscaping, and other objects lit for aesthetic or other purposes shall be illuminated only with steady, stationary, fully shielded light sources without causing glare or light trespass beyond the property line.


  1.   Roof-mounted area lighting is prohibited.
  1. The use of laser lighting for outdoor advertising or entertainment and the operation of search lights for advertising purposes are prohibited.


  1. The use of mercury vapor lamps is prohibited.
  1. Unshielded wallpack-type fixtures are prohibited.


C.  Shielding.  

All outdoor light fixtures, shall be fully shielded using full cutoff light fixtures and installed in such a way that no light is emitted above a horizontal plane running through the lowest part of the fixture.  The lighting shall also be shielded to prevent direct glare and/or light trespass and shall be, as much as physically practical, contained to the target area.  All light fixtures that are required to be fully shielded shall be installed and maintained so that the shielding is effective as described in the definition of a fully shielded fixture.  Floodlighting is discouraged and, if used, must be (1) shielded to prevent direct glare for drivers and pedestrians; (2) must not permit light trespass beyond the property line, and (3) must not emit light above a ninety-degree, horizontal plane.


D.  Light Trespass.  

Light trespass from a property shall be designed not to exceed 0.25 foot-candle at the property line.  An exception may be made for a nonresidential use in a nonresidential zoning district where light trespass may be allowed up to 3.6 foot-candles onto an adjoining property, provided such adjoining property is also a nonresidential use in a nonresidential zoning district.  Light trespass onto a public highway or right-of-way shall not exceed the lighting requirements found in section 172-83.A. Adjacent to residential property, no direct light source shall be visible at the property line at ground level or above.  Mitigation to avoid or minimize light trespass may include landscaping and berming.

E.  Height.  

Unless specified elsewhere herein and except for recreational facilities, such as baseball and other field sports, the maximum allowable height of a freestanding luminaire shall be 15 feet above the average finished grade.  The maximum allowable height of a building or structure-mounted luminaire shall be 20 feet.

F.  Time Controls.

All nonessential lighting shall be turned off after business hours, leaving only the necessary lighting for site security, which shall be reduced to the minimum level necessary.  Nonessential can apply to display, aesthetic, parking and sign lighting.  Motion-sensor security lighting is recommended to promote safety and reduce the amount of night lighting in the Village as determined by the Planning Board or Code Enforcement Officer.

G.  Auto/Truck Filling Stations.  

Island canopy ceiling fixtures shall be recessed so that the bottom of the fixture is flush with the ceiling.

H.  Recreational Facilities, Public or Private.  

Lighting for outdoor recreational facilities shall be fully shielded, as defined in this Article.

I.  Illuminance and Uniformity.  

Light levels shall be designed not to exceed the latest recommended levels for outdoor lighting set by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) for the type of activity/area being lighted, except light levels for ATM machines shall be in accordance with the New York State Banking Law Act, Article II.  Where no standard is available from IESNA, the applicable standard shall be determined taking into account the levels for the closest IESNA activity.  Design should establish a hierarchy of lighting to assure a smooth transition from bright areas to those with subdued lighting.  Light levels shall be maintained at design levels with lamp or luminaire replacement as needed. Lighting in conformance with this Article is required for all parking lots having five or more parking spaces. The following is a table of recommended outdoor lighting types and current IESNA recommendations are to be observed for recommended levels of lighting and lighting types (See also Figures 1-4 attached):


                                   Recommended Outdoor Lighting Types    

Lighting Type                     Color                                     Recommended Uses                          Comments

Incandescent                        Full spectrum,                      Infrequently used                                 Most common but
white light                             lighting, occupant                               most energy-
sensor-activated                                  inefficient of
lighting                                                   common lamp types

Fluorescent                           Clear white light                   Residential lighting,                             Excellent color
walkways, building                              rendition, energy
entrances                                               efficient, and
High-pressure                       Yellowish cast                     Sports fields, parking,                         Recommended only
roadways                                              where light
distribution is valued
more than
appearance; can
negatively affect

Low-pressure                        Monochromatic                   Roadways, walkways,                        One of the most
parking, security lighting                    energy-efficient but
recommended only
where color rendering
is not important

Light-emitting                       Variable,                               Area, architectural,                             The emerging
diodes (LED)                        especially when                   walkway, landscaping,                       technology for LED
digitally                                  and floodlighting                                  lighting is eventually
controlled                                                                                              expected to eclipse
traditional lighting
due to long life, broad
application, and
highest energy


Outdoor Lighting Levels

Building Exteriors



      Active (pedestrian and/or conveyance)


      Inactive (normally locked, infrequently used)


Service stations





      Pump island


      Service areas


      Retail outdoor lighting


      Auto sales lots



                                                            Parking Lots

                                                                                                            Horizontal Illuminance
Level of Activity                                                                                Average          Minimum

High:                                                                                                   4.0                   1.0
Automotive dealerships
Entertainment theaters

Medium:                                                                                              2.4                   0.6
Community shopping areas
Cultural, civic, or recreational events
Office parking
Residential parking

Low:                                                                                                    0.8                   0.2
Neighborhood shopping with
> 5,000 square feet
Industrial employee parking
Educational facility parking
Recreational facilities
Church parking

172-84Waterfront lighting.  

Outdoor lighting in and around the ponds, lakes, rivers, and other waters of the Village shall not be installed or maintained so as to create a hazard or nuisance to other property owners and shall comply with the following restrictions.

  1. Lights on docks shall be no more than three feet above the dock, shall be directed    downward and be full cut off fixtures.
  2. Lights illuminating paths, stairs, decks, etc., shall not be directed towards the public bodies of water and shall not direct light upwards.
  3. All outdoor lighting shall be located, mounted and shielded, so that direct illumination is not focused towards the public bodies of water surface more than 20 feet from shore.


172-85.  Exemptions.  

The following uses shall be exempt from the provisions of this Article:

  1. roadway and airport lighting;
  2. temporary lighting for circus, fair, carnival, religious, historic, or civic use;
  3. construction or emergency lighting, provided such lighting is temporary and is discontinued immediately upon completion of the construction work or abatement of the emergency necessitating said lighting;
  4. temporary lighting, including holiday lighting for no more than two months per year;
  5. lighting associated with agricultural pursuits, including harvest activities, unless such lighting is permanent and/or creates a safety hazard;
  6. lighting, preferably low voltage, that is considered a landscape or building design element and is integral to the aesthetic value of the design, as determined by the Planning Board or Code Enforcement Officer;
  7. all outdoor light fixtures producing light directly by the combustion of natural gas or other fossil fuels;
  8. outdoor light fixtures installed on, and in connection with, those facilities and land owned or operated by the federal government, the State of New York, the County of Orange, or any department, division, agency or instrumentality thereof. Voluntary compliance with the intent of this Article at those facilities is encouraged, and
  9. flag uplighting, provided any such flag is not used for advertising purposes.



172-86.  Compliance Date.  

All outdoor lighting fixtures, with the exception of lighting and/or light fixtures installed on a structure and /or property devoted exclusively to single and two-family residential use which are subject to the provisions of section 172-81.A above, shall be brought into compliance with the provisions of this ordinance within one year from date of its adoption as a Local Law.  No replacement or installation of new luminaires, including lamps, shall be permitted unless in conformance with this Article.


Lighting fixtures shall be maintained so that they always meet the requirements of this Article.

172-88.  Enforcement and inspections.  

The Village Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for conducting post installation nighttime inspection to verify compliance with the provisions of this Article and, if appropriate, to require remedial action and enforcement pursuant to Village Code section 172-57.

172-89.  Hardship provision for non-residential properties.  Non-resident properties with many lighting fixtures may submit a written phased plan to the Planning Board and Building Inspector identifying the number of existing fixtures, proposed plan of fixtures to be replaced, and when replacement work will occur.


Section 2.  Severability.

If any part or provision of this Local Law or the application thereof to any person or circumstance be adjudged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be confined in its operation to the part or provision or application directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered and shall not affect or impair the validity of the remainder of this Local Law or the application thereof to other persons or circumstances, and the Village Board of the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson hereby declares that it would have passed this Local Law or the remainder thereof had such invalid application or invalid provision been apparent.

Section 3.  Repeal.

All ordinances, local laws and parts thereof inconsistent with this Local Law are hereby repealed.

Section 4.  Authority.

This Local Law is enacted pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law.  This Local Law shall supersede the provisions of Village Law to the extent it is inconsistent with the same, and to the extent permitted by the New York State Constitution, the Municipal Home Rule Law, or any other applicable statute.

Section 5.  Effective Date.

This law shall become effective upon filing with the office of the New York State Secretary of State in accordance with section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.