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An IDA International Dark Sky Community is a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. Dark Sky Communities excel in their efforts to promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship, and set good examples for surrounding communities.

Certified IDA International Dark Sky Communities

Designate an International Dark Sky Community

IDA designates International Dark Sky Places following a rigorous application process requiring applicants to demonstrate robust community support for dark sky protection and document designation-specific program requirements. Learn more and start the process here.

Download the current International Dark Sky Community guidelines

International Dark Sky Community Guidelines (PDF)

2021 Submission Deadline Dates

22 February 2021 31 May 2021
30 August 2021 29 November 2021

At this time our final deadline in 2021 for accepting completed IDSP nominations is now full, and we will not add any additional nominations to the existing roster. We will announce our new cycle for accepting completed nominations at the beginning of 2022. If you have any questions, reach out to the Director of Conservation.

Resources for applicants

How To Start A Local Dark Skies Group

From the Utah Community Development Office and Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative:
Dark Sky Planning Guidance and Best Practices (PDF)
Dark Sky Assessment Guide (PDF)

For current International Dark Sky Communities

Writing Dark Sky Community Annual Reports