Buffalo Officials Ask Shop Owners to Get Liability Insurance for Holiday Lights

December 4, 2013
Christmas Lights

Business owners in Buffalo, N.Y.’s popular Elmwood Village shopping and entertainment district say the city is threatening to pull the plug on a holiday tradition.

Local media report that city officials have warned business owners along Elmwood Avenue that they can’t plug holiday light displays into street light poles unless they hire licensed electricians to do the work and take out liability insurance of at least $1 million.

Putting up festive holiday lights is a tradition for owners of the shops, restaurants and other businesses along Elmwood. They string the lights in trees and plug them into sockets on the city’s light poles.

But the Elmwood Village Association received a letter last week from the city that spells out restrictions for stringing lights, including having a licensed and insured electrician put them up.


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  • December 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    Harry Landers says:
    "Take out liability insurance of at least $1 million"? If the business owners have CGL coverage, that's all they need. This is incidental to their businesses and there's no ex... read more
  • December 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Original Bob says:
    The Department of Human Service has been around inquiring about delivering your baby in the barn and keeping him in the donkey’s feeding trough. Bah Humbug Buffalo
  • December 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Brokie says:
    A few years ago, the city of Niagara Falls held an annual Festival of Lights. Shops and streets were decorated, lighted, big animated displays. It was quite the tourist attra... read more
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