Guideline No. 09 – Chimney and Flue Additions

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all Chimney and Flues.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan, showing the location of the chimney or flue to the house. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Dimensions, color, style.
  • Complete description of the material.
  • Manufacturer’s drawing.
  • Elevations showing the exact location of the chimney or flue.
  • Elevations showing other chimneys and flues located on property.
Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if you meet the following conditions:

  1. Chimneys meet Howard County minimum height requirements. Height shall not exceed the County minimum unless required for proper functioning.
  2. Flues are totally enclosed (boxed in) with brick or stone or a material which matches the exterior house finish and do not exceed 14 inches in outside diameter.
  3. Painting to match the siding or the trim if the flue will exit the rear slope of the roof.
  4. If the flue is visible from the street, the flue enclosure extends the entire length of the flue.
  5. All flashing and trim is painted to match adjacent materials.
  6. Flues are identical with respect to design, proportion, and materials if more than one flue is proposed.
  7. Both flues are combined in one box enclosure if an additional flue is to be added adjacent to an existing one.

Guideline No. 13a – Decks, Porches, Screened/Enclosed Deck Additions

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all new or modified decks, porches, or screened/enclosed decks.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan, showing location of the proposed structure. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Completed Deck Worksheet.
  • Detailed plan, to include a written description of all materials to be used.
  • Measurements, dimensions, etc. of project.
  • Color palette.
  • Elevation drawings of the structure.
  • Details of any railings to be used, if applicable.
  • Description of treatment or paint to be applied to the materials.
  • Description of any plantings to be removed, relocated, or replaced for the construction of the structure.
  • Description of equipment such as meters or heating and air conditioning sources that will be relocated and provide new location.
  • Description of additions of or changes to window or door location, size or style.
  • Description of proposed installation of or changes to the exterior lighting.
  • List with all wattages of exterior lighting. Description of proposed landscaping or screening. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  • List of construction materials with colors.
  • Description of the roof to include pitch, material, and color, if a roof is to be added.
  • Color of soffit and fascia.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

 

  1. The alteration is compatible in location, color, size, conformity with design of house, and relationship of structure to neighboring dwellings.
  2. The Howard County Building Code is adhered to in all its aspects, including the obtaining of a building permit.
  3. Open, screened, or enclosed decks are constructed of durable materials.
  4. The deck is constructed of natural pressure treated wood or composite material. Any other finish will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  5. If composite material is used it is earth tone in coloring, matches the color of the siding, or is white.
  6. The proposed deck is in the rear of the house and does not extend beyond the sides of the house. If any of these structures are to extend beyond the sight lines of the house, it will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  7. Evergreen screening is provided as applicable. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING for more information.
  8. The following Guidelines have been reviewed and applied to the application as applicable:
    GUIDELINE No.1—ADDITIONS
    GUIDELINE No.34—PATIOS and WALKWAYS
    GUIDELINE No.38—PORCHES
    GUIDELINE No.13bDECKS (STONEHAVEN TOWNHOUSES)
    GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING

NOTE: Townhome/condominium owners should be aware that there might be additional requirements, restrictions, and guidelines imposed by your association. If you have questions, please contact your association officers or the Village Covenant Advisor.

Guideline No. 13b – Decks (Stonehaven Townhouses)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all decks on townhouses.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

 

  • Diagrammed plot plan, showing location of the proposed structure. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • A Completed Deck Worksheet.
  • A detailed plan, to include a written description of all materials to be used.
  • Measurements, dimensions, etc. of project.
  • Elevation drawings of the structure.
  • Details of any railings to be used, if applicable.
  • Details of the flooring to be used.
  • Description of any plantings to be removed, relocated, or replaced for the construction of the structure.
  • Description of equipment such as meters or heating and air conditioning sources that will be relocated and provide new location.
  • Description of additions of or changes to window or door location, size, or style.
  • Description of proposed installation of or changes to the exterior lighting.
  • List with all wattages of exterior lighting.
  • Description of proposed landscaping or screening. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  • List of construction materials with colors.
  • Description of the roof to include pitch, material, and color, if a roof is to be added.
  • Color of soffit and fascia.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Deck is constructed with an 18-24 inch setback from the side property lines.
  2. Deck has a minimum of 1 foot setback from rear property line.
  3. Deck is a minimum 3 feet from adjacent decks.
  4. Deck is not attached to adjoining common walls.
  5. Deck length does not exceed 16 feet from the rear wall of the subject property that is farthest away from the property line.
  6. Privacy screens (if installed) will be board-on-board style and installed only on the sides of the deck.
  7. If composite material is used it is for flooring only.
  8. Screening (if used) does not exceed 6 feet in height from the deck floor and no more than half the length of the deck.
  9. Railings are non-decorative, 2 inch x 2 inch vertical pickets and have a 2 inch x 6 inch cap.
  10. No decorative picket patterns e.g., sunburst, Chippendale, etc.
  11. Clear wood preservative is used.

NOTE: Rear property line fencing is discouraged and will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. The installation of both a deck and rear property line privacy fencing is discouraged and will only be considered on a case-by case basis. Due to unique configuration of these townhomes (i.e., space constraints and security considerations), stairs are strongly discouraged. However, if stairs are proposed, they will be reviewed on a case-by case basis. The installation of landscape material will be required to minimize the impact that stairs may have on the adjacent open space areas.

Guideline No. 24 – Heating and Air Conditioning (Exterior)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for new exterior heating and air conditioning units including relocation of equipment and apparatus used with same.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan showing the location of the unit and related equipment. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Description of all equipment with dimensions.
  • Manufacturer’s drawing and/or photograph, if available.

Approval

Newly added units will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Units are screened from the street while allowing proper airflow. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  2. Units are located as close to the rear of the house as possible.
  3. Placement and or size will not create a substantial acoustical or visual impact on adjacent property owners and not violate the criteria established in the Final Development Plans (FDP) if the unit is being relocated.
  4. Units are not window or wall mounted air conditioners. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.