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International Dark Sky Communities

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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.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about how to become an International Dark Sky Community, click here:

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Certified IDA International Dark Sky Communities

2019 Submission Deadline Dates

28 January 2019 25 March 2019
27 May 2019 29  July  2019
30 September 2019 25 November 2019

Download the current International Dark Sky Community guidelines

2018 International Dark Sky Community Guidelines

Resources for applicants

How To Start A Local Dark Skies Group

From the Utah Rural Planning Group:

Dark Sky Planning Guidance and Best Practices

For current International Dark Sky Communities

Writing Dark Sky Community Annual Reports

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