Guideline No. 01 – Additions

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all additions. Additions include, but are not limited to, garages, greenhouses, porches, rooms, outdoor rooms, deck enclosures, and any enclosed, partially enclosed, or “bump out” extension of the house.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan labels with the new addition.
    Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Drawings to scale of new construction with:
    (1) floor plan
    (2) roof plan
  • SDP (Site Development Plan) or similar item that will show relationship to other homes.
  • Elevation views to include:
    (1) Bird’s eye/Top View
    (2) Side views
    (3) Front view
    (4) Rear view
  • All pertinent dimensions/measurements and locations of such features as floors, windows, doors, rooflines, trim, and new exterior fixtures in relationship to the existing structure.
  • Description of materials, including type, style and color of siding material, color and type of roof, color and type of trim material, lighting fixtures, and windows.
  • Samples, brochures, and/or manufacturer’s pictures of the proposed materials, colors, etc.
  • Grading/drainage plans.
  • Pitch of new roof (if applicable).
  • Lighting plans with description, bulb type, and wattage.
  • Skylight plans with description and dimensions,
  • Deck Plan (for screened-in porches).
  • Steps, walkway, landing, patio with dimensions (include on plot plan).
  • Landscaping and/or screening plans as applicable.
  • Designation on the plot plan of relocation or removal of existing items/structures (i.e., trees, landscaping).
  • Any other information requested by the Architectural Committee representatives in relation to review of the application.

Your application will most likely be approved if it meets the following criteria:

  1. The color, style, and texture of the new materials are the same as or compatible with the existing materials of the primary dwelling.
  2. The style, size, and color of new windows and doors are compatible in style and proportion with those of the existing dwelling.
  3. New windows and doors are located vertically on walls at the same approximate height as those of the existing dwelling and are trimmed in the same or a similar manner.
  4. Eaves and fascia are the same depth, style, and approximate height of existing eaves and fascia.
  5. New roofs should have the same approximate slope, material, and color as the roof of the existing dwelling.
  6. The Additions/Alteration will not impair the view, amount of sunlight, or ventilation of adjacent residences, and will not have negative visual impact on the neighborhood, or the public’s use or enjoyment of open space.
  7. Additions do not create situations in which adjacent neighbors will have difficulty adding to, modifying, or maintaining existing dwellings.
  8. New windows, doors, lighting or viewing areas from the addition will not impinge upon existing internal or external private areas of adjacent residences. 
  9. Additions do not adversely affect drainage conditions on adjacent properties.
  10. If an existing deck, screened porch, etc., is to be further modified for year-round use, all materials must match the house exactly as to siding, roof, etc.

For building permit information call Howard County at (410) 313-2455. Before digging, call “Miss Utility” toll free at 1-800-257-7777 for existing utility and cable locations.

Guideline No. 02 – Animal Control

Howard County law requires owners to pick up after their pets and dispose of waste material in a sanitary manner or face legal penalties. This applies to dogs AND cats, ON and OFF one’s property, which includes all open space and public lands. Howard County animal control laws state, “A domesticated animal is ‘at large’ when it is not on a leash and under the control of a responsible person.” All dogs in Howard County are required to be licensed. No wild, exotic, or “game” type animals shall be maintained on any residential lot. Complete copies of the animal control laws, and violation forms are available at the Village Office, or call Howard County Animal Control at (410) 313-2780. Citizens having animal problems may use these remedies:

  • Personally bring the problem to the attention of the animal owner.
  • Restrain the animal if found on your property and contact Animal Control for pick-up at (410) 313-2780.
  • Write or call Animal Control about the problem requesting action; and
  • File a Violation Affidavit. This is a formal, notarized statement describing the problem (dates, times, etc.) to be sent to:

Animal Control Division
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

  • As a last resort, citizens can take the offense directly to the Commissioner of the Howard County District Court by having a summons issued to the pet owner.

Guideline No. 03 – Antennas and Satellite Dishes

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for:

  • Satellite dishes that are one meter (39 inches) or more in diameter.
  • All satellite dish antennas (regardless of size) that are mounted on a pole exceeding 12 feet in height.
  • All broadcast service antennas exceeding 12 feet in height.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan labeled with the new location of the alteration. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Description of the satellite dish or antenna size and material.
  • Landscaping plan for screening.

Your Exterior Alteration Application will most likely be approved if you meet the following conditions:


  1. The antenna is installed in the least visible location on the lot that will not substantially degrade reception.
  2. The antenna is placed to blend in with the surroundings. Possible locations include rear deck floor, rear section of the roof, adjacent to chimneys, and rear yards.
  3. Cables and wires associated with the installation of a dish are secure and in the least visible location.
  4. The type and dimensions of screening plants, shrubs etc. at maturity are provided.

NOTE: Applications for antennas and satellite dishes will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as screening and painting of antenna poles may be required. The following factors will also be taken into consideration: 1) size and visibility from adjoining properties and from the street, 2) screening for satellite dishes installed on the ground. Screening should shield the dish from the view of other properties. Screening with landscaping /or fencing increases the likelihood of application approval. An application is required for screening. 

. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING for relevant criteria.

Guideline No. 04 – Apiaries

Apiaries will not be allowed in townhomes or condominium communities. An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all apiaries requested for single family homes and will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Apiaries will not be allowed as an in-home business.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan labeled with the location of the apiary.
    Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Description of and number of hives.
  • Landscaping plan for screening and flight path prevention.
  • Description of barriers.
  • Flight path information.
  • Registration of hives.

Your Exterior Alteration Application for an apiary will most likely be approved if you meet the following conditions:

  1. The hives are registered with the State of Maryland.
  2. Hives are located no closer than 300 feet to any house or building used as a dwelling other than a house or building owned by the applicant.
  3. Apiary does not endanger public health or safety or create unreasonable interference with the use of others’ property.
  4. Adequate flight dispersing barriers are constructed and maintained that do not serve as a nuisance to nearby residences or Open Space areas that are for the enjoyment of the public.
  5. Apiary is not closer than one hundred (100) feet from public walking paths.

NOTE: In the State of Maryland beehives must be registered. The apiary plan will clearly denote provisions for the containment and maintenance of the bees in a manner that they will not endanger other residents or the public or create an unreasonable interference with the use of others’ property.