Commercial security lights

Lighting used on commercial premises will be subject to the same controls as apply to domestic premises, i.e. it will be for the local authority to decide whether the lighting amounts to a statutory nuisance.

Commercial premises are more likely than domestic premises to use lighting which makes a material change to the external façade of the building. It may therefore be subject to planning permission.

Premises or apparatus used for the provision of electronic communication services need adequate lighting for operation and security purposes, to ensure the safety of their staff, and to protect the integrity of the telecommunications network. Statutory nuisance law recognises the need for industry to be able to carry out its usual functions without being compromised by inadequate security lighting. That need is protected by the defence of 'best practicable means'.