Street Lights

The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) frequently receives requests for information about street lighting. The Street Lighting Section of the Department's Traffic Safety Division is responsible for installation in both developed and new areas.

Installation in Developed Areas
Requests for street lighting in developed areas of the County are investigated. Depending on the size of the area, it generally takes 30 to 60 days to perform a lighting needs study. If improvements are warranted the County will initiate a street lighting project provided funding is available. Once a lighting project is initiated it generally takes one to two years to complete.

The County does not consider street lighting requests for:
  • State maintained roadways
  • Streets maintained by an incorporated town or municipality
  • Private streets
Requests for new or improved street lights should be directed to our Street Lighting Section at 301-883-5650.

Street Light Repairs
Once street lights are installed, they are maintained by the utility companies. As a result, burned-out or damaged street lights should be reported to the utility company serving the area. This is usually the same company serving your home with electricity.

When calling the utility company to report a street light outage, be prepared to provide specific information: (e.g. in front of ___________; across the street from ____________; wood, metal or fiberglass pole, overhead or below ground service, etc.). The utility companies prefer that residents report street light problems directly to their offices since residents are in a better position to provide necessary information. See the list of phone numbers below. Most repairs are performed within 5 days of notifying the utility company.

Utility Companies

The contact information of the three utility companies serving Prince George's County includes the following.

Utilities

Utility Company
Phone Number
Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
877-737-2662
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BG&E)
800-685-0123
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)
877-747-6326