The IDSC was conceived in 2001 to recognize communities that had taken extraordinary steps in preserving the natural night.

The IDSC designees must adhere to stringent standards that protect the natural night sky through outdoor lighting plans and ensure the continuation of this protection through planning and zoning directives.

The International Dark-Sky Association continues to accept applications from communities wishing to join in the ranks of communities working for towards the highest standards in lighting.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the process please fill out this form.

Download the current guidelines

Dark Sky Community applications received on or before the 23 March 2015 submission deadline are eligible to apply under the 2013 program guidelines. Download them here:

Download the 2013 Guidelines

Download Chinese translation of the guidelines:
點擊此處下載指南: 黑暗的天空社區 (Dark Sky Community)

Download the IDA Model Lighting Ordinance

Chinese translation of the MLO: 
示範照明條例 (Model Lighting Ordinance)
Translation courtesy of IDA Beijing / Starry Sky Project of China


Submission Deadline Dates:

26 January 2015
23 March 2015
25 May 2015
27 July 2015
28 September 2015
22 November 2015

For Certified IDSPlaces

Download the Borrego Springs, CA example annual report for Communities