Street lighting in Billings is provided through neighborhood street lighting districts to increase nighttime safety and security. These districts are created under state law and are officially called Special Improvement Light Maintenance Districts (SILMDs). An SILMD can be created through petition with signatures of over 50% of the property owners in an area requesting lights. A district can also be initiated by the City as long as fewer than 50% of the property owners file written protest.
Further details on creating a light district in your neighborhood can be obtained by contacting the City Engineer’s Office at (406) 657-8231.
Reporting a street light problem:
Street lights, depending upon the lighting district, are managed by either Northwestern Energy or the City.
Generally, if the street light pole in question has a white tag on it with black numbers it is a district managed by Northwestern Energy. If the pole has an orange tag with black numbers it is a district managed by the City.