The County Council is responsible for 52,000 streetlights on highways across the county. These street lights are maintained on our behalf by our contractors Balfour Beatty.
Street lighting is also provided by parish and town councils, district councils, Highways England (trunk roads and motorways) and private owners. The streetlights we own have a code (such as L1HJN) to identify them. To find details about a street light in your area, please visit our My Cambridgeshire map system and select the "street lights" category.
Report a street lighting fault
If you wish to report a fault with one of our street lights, please go to Balfour Beatty's streetlight fault reporting webpage or call Balfour Beatty on 0800 783 8247 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. For out of hours emergencies, you can call outside of these office hours.
If you would like to enquire about our contract with Balfour Beatty, please contact Cambridgeshire County Council's streetlighting team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Street lighting repair times
Balfour Beatty aims to repair all streetlight problems reported to them within five working days. However this may take up to 30 working days if there is a problem with the electricity supply. Balfour Beatty are dependent on the relevant electricity Distribution Network Operator to fix electrical supply faults.
Emergency faults that are a danger to the public (such as a fallen streetlight column or a school crossing light failure) will be responded to within one hour.
Street lighting maintenance
In July 2011, a 25 year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract commenced between the Cambridgeshire County Council and Balfour Beatty. This PFI contract will allow Balfour Beatty to carry out vital improvements and maintenance to County Council owned street lighting on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council.
Street lighting attachments
We are required to ensure any attachments to our street lights do not pose any risk to public safety or highway equipment. If you would like to attach any item to a County Council street light (such as a hanging basket, festive lighting, advertising or CCTV cameras), you will need to apply for an attachment licence.
You can apply for a 12 month licence for temporary/seasonal attachments or a five year licence for permanent attachments. Please read our attachment policy carefully before applying.
Any attachments installed without a licence in place or deemed unsafe could be removed without notice. Any costs incurred for this removal will be charged to the offending body.
Please complete the below online application form a minimum of 12 weeks prior to the installation start date.
Fees for attachments
Fees will apply to commercial organisations only.
Cambridgeshire County Council charges £47.55 to check the application. It is then passed to our contractor Balfour Beatty for technical approval and to update our street lighting inventory. Additional Balfour Beatty costs will depend on the number and type of attachment. See the below price list for more information. Please note all costs exclude VAT.
|Balfour Beatty Process||Fees|
|1-5 standard attachments in a single application|
|Technical Approval Check fee||£13.25 to review application.|
|Street Lighting Inventory records Update fee||£8.85 for system administration for units covered by application.|
|6-10 standard attachments in a single application|
|Technical Approval Check fee||£26.50 to review application.|
|Street Lighting Inventory records Update fee||£17.70 for system administration for units covered by application.|
|10+ attachments in a single application|
|Technical Approval Check fee||£26.50 + £1.75 per additional attachment to review|
|Street Lighting Inventory records Update fee||£17.70 + £1.25 per additional attachment for administration|
|Technical Approval Check fee||£13.25 to review for the first banner in a single application. Plus £4.50 for each additional banner per application.|
|Street Lighting Inventory records Update fee||£1.75 per unit for administration for banners covered by application.|
|Balfour Beatty reserve the right to apply the banners structure to any application with large attachments (above 0.3m2).|