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Lighting Ordinance

Miami-Dade County and Broward County have requirements for illumination. Below is a truncated section of the Miami-Dade Code.

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Section 8C-3 Miami-Dade County Code

Illumination for open parking lots, alleys and access thereto and parking and non-enclosed areas under or within buildings.

(1)  This section applies to new construction and all existing buildings.

(2)  Open parking lots, alleys, and access thereto shall be illuminated as set forth below. For purposes of this paragraph, alley is defined as a narrow vehicular thoroughfare up to twenty-five (25) feet in width upon which service entrances or buildings abut and not generally used as a thoroughfare for general traffic; provided, however, alleys shall not include public rights-of-way.

(b)  Groups A (Assembly), D (Day Care) and E (Educational) occupancies:

(1)  Open parking lots and access thereto shall be provided with a maintained minimum of 1 foot-candle on the parking surface from dusk until dawn; provided, however, the lighting level may be reduced by fifty (50) percent on non-business days and commencing thirty (30) minutes after the termination of business on each operating day. The uniformity ratio shall not exceed a twelve to one ratio (12:1) maximum to minimum foot-candles. This provision shall not apply to governmental facilities not generally open to the public, and shall apply to those governmental facilities that are generally open to the public only during the dusk-to-dawn hours such facilities are open. www.40yearrecertification.org

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