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2019 Lamppost Lighting Program


The City of South Bend’s Lamppost Lighting Program assists homeowners with lighting enhancements in their neighborhoods through front yard lampposts.  

The cost share program provides solar-powered lampposts for residential lighting. The solar lampposts are easy self-install posts that must be mounted in a level area within approximately five feet of the edge of sidewalk. They cannot be installed in the tree lawn. Assistance with installation is available upon request. 

There is a limit of one lamppost per household. The homeowner is responsible for any maintenance of the lamppost after installation. The City’s Division of Engineering will inspect the lampposts to ensure proper installation. 

View brochure/application. 



Who is eligible for the Lamppost Lighting Program?

The program is offered to South Bend homeowners within city limits. For 2019, the City has selected two target areas based on income, number of vacant lots and need for lighting in the neighborhood; however, all homeowners can apply.

Homeowners who live within these target areas will pay a lower share of the total cost of the program:
 
• Within target areas, homeowners pay 10% of total lamppost cost: $50.00 

• Outside target areas, homeowners pay 50% of total lamppost cost: $250.00 

Target areas are listed in the brochure. Payment is due at time of application and can be mailed with a check or dropped off to the Division of Engineering.

View brochure/application.


Is there a deadline to participate in the program?

Applications must be submitted by August 9, 2019.

View brochure/application.


Do I need professional help to install the lamppost?

The EZ Lamppost Mounting System eliminates the need for any wiring, digging, trenching or concrete foundation for installation. It is a simple DIY hand auger installation. Watch this two-minute video on how to installAssistance with installation is available upon request by calling 311.


How do I sign up for the program?

Fill out the application by August 9, 2019 and mail with payment to:

City of South Bend–Division of Engineering 
227 W Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 1316 
South Bend, IN 46601


What is the process to get a lamppost?

1. APPLICATION
Fill out and mail in application with payment by August 9 to the Division of Engineering at 227 W Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 1316, South Bend, IN 46601.

2. APPROVAL
Engineering will review the application and will give approval via email or phone within seven business days. Once approved, the homeowner must call 811 to have utilities located on the property.

3. LOCATION
Engineering will identify the location for the lamppost after utilities have been marked on the property. Homeowners have five business days to contact Engineering at 574.235.9251 to coordinate an alternate location if desired.

4. DISTRIBUTION
Homeowners will be notified via email or phone about the date and location of lamppost pickup. 

5. INSTALLATION
Installation must be completed by the homeowner within two weeks of distribution. Engineering will inspect lampposts after the two weeks to ensure proper installation.


311 Process Notes

Applications are included in the brochure. If a resident needs an application mailed, take down his/her name and address and send a service request to Raschelle Carey in Engineering. 

If a resident calls needing assistance with installation, direct the call to Engineering at x9251.