Neighborhood Enhancement Lighting Program

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Program Description
The Neighborhood Enhancement Lighting Program provides a dollar for dollar match up to a maximum amount for residential property owners who install either Front yard or Rear yard light fixtures that also improve lighting levels on public sidewalks and alleys.  Applicants must own property or reside in the city of Dubuque.  Eligible fixtures include energy efficient electric, gas and solar lighting fixtures including LED and CFL lights and fixtures with photo-eye. Fixtures using incandescent bulbs and motion-sensitive lighting fixtures are not eligible. This program is for installation only and does not reimburse for previously installed fixtures.

Front Yard Lighting: Owners may be eligible for a maximum rebate of up to $250 (for a total project minimum of $500.00) towards the cost of purchase and installation of energy efficient electric, gas and solar lighting fixtures installed in their front yard.
Rear Yard Lighting: Owners may be eligible for a maximum rebate of up to $100.00 (for a total project minimum of $200) towards the cost of purchase and installation of energy efficient electric, gas and solar lighting fixtures installed in their rear yard.  The light fixtures may be attached to the rear of the home or to owner’s garage on the alley.

All required inspections and permits must be completed to be eligible to receive the rebate from the city. Upon final approval, reimbursements may take up to 30 business to process.


To be eligible to receive the rebate, applicants must first contact the Building Services Department at 563-589-4150 or building@cityofdubuque.org to arrange for a preliminary inspection of your site.  Once approval of your plan is received and the work is finished, applicant must complete the attached form and return it to the Building Services Department along with any requested supporting documentation including receipts. 

Funding for this program is on a first-come first-served basis.
    Application Forms

    Yard Lighting Form   (pdf)

    Yard Lighting Form   (doc) 


    Outdoor Lighting Suggestions

    Outdoor Covered Fixtures:
    • Spiral or tubed ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs are both appropriate to use in outdoor covered fixtures where the weather can't harm them.
    • For colder temperatures check the packaging for starting temperatures to make sure the bulb will work properly.
    • Most photocells, motion sensors, and electronic timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Check with the control manufacturer and the CFL packaging for compatibility.

    Outdoor Exposed Fixtures:
    • ENERGY STAR qualified outdoor flood light bulbs are recommended for outdoor exposed fixtures. These bulbs have special cases that protect them from nature's elements.
    • Placing a bare spiral CFL in an open outdoor fixture exposes the tubing and electronics to the elements and is likely to result in an early failure.
    • For colder temperatures check the packaging for starting temperatures to make sure the bulb will work properly.
    • Most photocells, motion sensors, and electronic timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Check with the control manufacturer and the CFL packaging for compatibility


    For additional information, contact:
    Building Services Department
    50 West 13th St.
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    building@cityofdubuque.org.
    Phone: 563-589-4150
    Fax: 563-690-6687