2021 Lamppost Lighting Program

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2021 Lamppost Lighting Program

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

The cost-share program offers easy self-install, solar-powered lampposts for residential front yards. The solar lampposts must be mounted in a level area within approximately five feet of the edge of sidewalk. They cannot be installed in the tree lawn. 

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. 

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Who is eligible for the Lamppost Lighting Program?

The program is offered to South Bend homeowners within city limits. For 2021, 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 

• Outside target areas, homeowners pay 50% of total lamppost cost: $250 

Target areas are listed in the brochure. Payment is due at time of application. Cash, check/money order or credit card will be accepted. 

View brochure/application.

Is there a deadline to participate in the program?

Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021.

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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 install

How do I sign up for the program?

Fill out the application by June 30, 2021 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?

Fill out and mail in application with payment by June 30, 2021 to the Division of Engineering at 227 W Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 1316, South Bend, IN 46601.

Engineering will notify homeowners via email once their application is approved. Once approved, the homeowner must call 811 to have utilities located on the property.

Engineering will identify a suggest location with a white X. This does NOT take the place of calling 811. Homeowners will need to verify that the location does not interfere with utilities. The lamppost should be placed in direct sunlight and away from trees for best results. Homeowners have five business days to contact Engineering at 574.235.9251 to coordinate an alternate location if desired.

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

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 Engineering. 

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