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Everybody loves to see the local towns and cities lit up for Christmas or other events.

By the time the lights, decorations and displays are ready, there has been a lot of preparation and planning behind the scenes to get them connected safely and on time for the big switch-on dates.

To get started with your Festive Lighting connection, you will need to complete an Festive Lighting application (download below). Applications open in August and close at the end of October each year.

Why do I need to complete the NIE Networks application form for festive lighting?

If you intend to connect your festive lighting to street lighting columns or any other private supply you must seek permission from InfrastructureNI or the relevant persons concerned. Regardless of where the supply is taken from, if you intend to erect festive decorations on or above a public highway you must obtain a ‘Licence to place Festive Lighting on Roads’ from InfrastructureNI.

How the application process works

  • Download the Festive Lighting application form from this page.
  • Before you start the application, please read the instructions on the first page to help with your application.
  • Once you have completed all sections of the form in full with the required signatures, please return this to NIE Networks by the method of your choice. Details of the options available to you are listed on the application form.
  • Upon receipt of the completed application form, we will review and process your application and provide you with the ‘note of approval’, that you require to continue with your application to InfrastructureNI for the ‘Licence to place Festive Lighting on Roads’

Please note: NIE Networks can only provide you with a note of approval if all the necessary details and signatures have been provided on the application form.

  Download Application Form

Contacting InfrastructureNI

Once you’ve received your Note Of Approval from NIE Networks, the next step is to apply for a ‘Licence to Place Festive Lighting on Roads’ with InfrastructureNI. Click the link below for details and an application form:

Need help?

If you have any queries or need some help on the Festive Lighting application form, please contact us on:

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 28 907 66 820
  • Email:

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