Guideline No. 60b – Windows (Films or Coatings)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all films or coatings to be applied to windows.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • A site (plot) indicating location of window changes.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • Details about the, color, and material of film or coating.
  • Manufacturers’ drawings, photographs.
  • Material samples, if available.

Approval

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

  1. Films are neutral in color and nearly invisible from the exterior of the home.

Guideline No. 61 – Woodpiles

An Exterior Alteration application is required for woodpiles not located at the rear of the house and or not located within the sightlines of the house.

Application Requirements

The applications must include:

  • A site (plot) plan showing the proposed location of the woodpile.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • Relation of woodpile to neighboring properties.
  • Explanation of reason for the proposed location of woodpile.

Approval

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

  1. A complete application is submitted.
  2. Application is accompanied by an application for screening, if applicable.

Approval not required

No application is required for woodpiles if the following criteria are followed:

  1. Woodpiles should be located at the rear of the house and within the lines defined by the sides of      the house extended to the rear.
  2. Wood is not stacked on sidewalks, driveways, rights-of-way, etc.
  3. There are not excessive amounts of wood.

NOTE: The Columbia Association and Howard County do not permit use of their open space for this or any other personal use and violators will be cited. The RHAC may require screening of woodpiles. See GUIDELINE NO.47- SCREENING.

Stacking of wood on sidewalks, driveways, rights-of-way, etc. is not permitted, nor is the storage of excessive amounts of wood.

 

Guideline No. 62 – Other

When a guideline is not available for the project you are proposing, a complete application is needed.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • A site plot/plan.

Note: Applications without a diagramed site plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • Information sufficiently detailed to permit understanding and evaluation of your proposal.
  • Dimensions, materials colors.

Conclusion: It is impossible to write guidelines necessary to cover all exterior changes. When a guideline is not available for the project you are proposing, a complete application is needed. Emphasis should be placed on proper scale, materials, color and impact on neighboring properties. It should be noted that certain lots are not conducive to certain architectural and landscape changes. You must complete and submit an application prior to embarking on any project for which an application is required. Approval or disapproval of any proposed exterior change is within the discretion of the RHAC.