Apply to attach seasonal decorations or attachments on streetlight columns

Doncaster Council do not offer as part of its standard street lighting service provision connections for festive lighting displays or attachments for banners. However the Council has no objections to applications for equipment to be considered for this purpose as long as the applicant follows the following steps and understands the on-going maintenance requirements which will need funding for the life of the installation.

Steps 6 and 7 do not apply for Non-Christmas related attachments, however for non-Christmas assets requiring electrical connection such as CCTV, Signage and sensors, a valid and current Elexon UMSUG Chargecode will be required prior to applying details of these can be found here: Elexon Unmetered Chargecode Information

Step 1 - Provide Structural certification of proposal

Arrange structural testing by a certified independent testing company to ensure the lighting column can accommodate the additional windage and weight. It is recommended that you have consulted a festive display provider prior to this stage to establish the size and weight of equipment to be fitted, approval will only be given for equipment specified in the structural report. Before any testing takes place, the Street Lighting Manager for Doncaster Council must be informed and permission agreed to access the column by email to prior to testing . Results of the testing must accompany your application. Any changes to the festive design in on-going years must fit in with the structural testing parameters i.e. any future motifs must NOT be larger or heavier than that of the original motif. If changes are required an additional structural inspection will be required.

Step 2 - Download and Provide information for Doncaster Council

Download and complete:
  • Christmas operational policy ( Listed in downloads) & Complete Application form and pay application fee
  • Identify Column Locations Ask permission for testing to take place
  • If display includes any Highway Tree displays contact Streetscene to obtain permission by email or 01302 736000
  • Provide Structural certification for each proposed column required

Step 3 - Submit Application

Please attach all the completed forms relevant to the application you are making to an email and send to or by post.

If you choose to send by post, we recommend you keep copies of the documents as we cannot be held responsible for any applications which are lost in the post.

Street Lighting Column Attachments 
Doncaster Council Street Lighting
North Bridge Depot
North Bridge Road
Doncaster, DN5 9AN

 Step 4 - On Approval

On receiving approval from Doncaster Council you will receive a quotation for Doncaster Council to supply and install the Christmas infrastructure to the chosen columns - This will include the installation of all circuit protection to BS7671 IET Wiring Regulations, control time-clock and socket mounted to the top of the column.                                                                                        At this stage you should apply for a Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) from the local distribution network which for most of Doncaster is Northern Powergrid by email The Council are unable to progress any works with out confirmation of this MPAN Number.                                                              On receiving payment in full and confirmation of the MPAN Number Doncaster Council will arrange installation prior to the festive display installation.

 Step 6 - Festive display Installation

Check that the chosen installer has the relevant competencies as per the motif installer section of Doncaster Councils Christmas Lighting operational policy - A copy of which can be found at the side of the page, Once this has been checked confirm your installation dates & Switch On

 Step 7 - Energy Submission

Following the event you will need to provide a full energy submission using the festive lighting submission template below to the energy supplier, The festive contractor should be able to provide this information which includes details of the equipment fitted, location, energy usage and times of operation. This needs to be forwarded to Northern Power grid by email and a copy to be sent to Doncaster Council at

 On - Going Maintenance

As any Festive display is an addition to the normal street lighting service. Any on-going maintenance that the infrastructure requires needs to be funded by the applicant based on approved codes of practice.

  • Electrical Periodic Testing - Every 6 Years
  • Column Condition Assessment - As prescribed in the structural report to a maximum of every 30 Months as per Institute Lighting Professional guidance note PLG06


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Last updated: 08 December 2021 11:34:25