High Country Lighting Ordinances

High Country Dark Skies

Town of Boone Lighting Ordinance (Effective 1/1/6)

Watauga County lighting standardl for high-impact land uses



Image of Boone at night

Links at left go to pages containing the text of lighting codes and ordinances in the North Carolina High Country region. The mountains offer special problems since lightings can

often be seen directly from above--we see the light that is headed up toward the sky. The scene above shows the lights of Boone, NC as of about 1995. It was taken from Howard's Knob. Compare that to the image of Boone below, taken 35 years ago by then ASU photographer John Dinkins from the fire tower on Rich Mountain. The need for codes is obvious!

Boone 35 years ago