New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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21.5.A Light Trespass and Distraction

1.  No exterior lighting may glare into, or upon, the surrounding area or any residential premises. In addition, no exterior lighting may be used in any manner that could interfere with the safe movement of motor vehicles on public streets. The light level shall be no greater than one-half (0.5) footcandle at a residential property line and one (1) footcandle at any non-residential property line or public right-of-way line.

2.  Specifically, the following types of light trespass are prohibited:

a.  Any light not designed for roadway illumination that produces direct or reflected glare that could disturb the operator of a motor vehicle.

b.  Any light that may be confused with, or construed as, a traffic control device, except as authorized by state, federal, or local government.