Guideline No. 60a — Windows (Replacement, Additions)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all additional windows, replacement windows, garden windows, dormers if the style of the replacement or addition varies from the original.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan indicating location of window changes. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Complete details about the style, color, size and location of all windows to be added or replaced.
  • Manufacturers’ drawings, photographs.
  • Material samples, if requested.
Approval

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

  1. Alterations and materials are in keeping with the existing style and exterior color scheme of the house.
  2. Proposed additions are uniform with other windows, e.g., mullions, grids, trim, color, etc.

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

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

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan indicating location of window changes.
    Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot 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 located within the sightlines of the house.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The applications must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan showing the proposed location of the woodpile. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Relation of woodpile to neighboring properties.
  • Explanation of reason for the proposed location of woodpile.
  • Screening information, if applicable. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.

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 are 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 N0.47­—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.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

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.