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Lighting exemptions

If you are planning an activity or event that will create a lot of lighting that will project onto private property, you can apply for an exemption to the Nuisance Lighting By-law. This includes lighting such as:

  • Laser source light
  • Signal beacons
  • Flood lights
  • Spot lights
  • Flashing lights

We must receive your application a minimum of eight weeks before your event date. If your event is for a community charity or organization, please contact your Community Liaison Officer before applying for an exemption.

Apply for a lighting exemption

Complete the Lighting Exemption Application and pay the fee of $255.66 ($226.25 plus $29.41 HST) by cheque or money order payable to the City of Mississauga. Submit your application and fee by mail to:

Compliance and Licensing Enforcement
300 City Centre Drive, ground floor
Mississauga ON L5B 3C1

You can also book an appointment to submit your application in person at the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Office. You’ll only be admitted to the building if you have a scheduled appointment.

Notify local residents

Once we receive your application, we’ll create and send you a notice to let local residents know about your exemption. You’ll need to distribute this notice to all residents to property owners within a 100 metre radius from the event location. We’ll also send you a map of the specific area.

We’ll let you know how to distribute the notice by either:

  • Mailing it through Canada Post
  • Hand delivering it door to door
  • Publishing the notice in a newspaper for two consecutive days in the ten days proceeding your event

City staff will do random checks to confirm that the notice has been circulated.

Local residents will then have two weeks to contact the City to voice their concerns, objections or comments about the event.

What happens next

We’ll review the feedback from residents and other stakeholders to decide whether to grant your exemption. We’ll notify you about the decision.