Guideline No. 05 – Attic Fans – Fast Track Available

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all attic fans.

Application Requirement

The application must include:

  • A diagramed plot plan, showing the location of the attic fan.

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

  • Dimensions, color, style of fan.
  • Description of the material and/ or manufacturer’s drawing.

Approval

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

  1. The style, color, materials, size, and proportion complement the architectural character and existing color scheme of the house.
  2. The attic fan is low profile.
  3. The fan is mounted on the least visible slope of the roof.
  4. The exhaust fan trim blends in with or matches the roof color.

Guideline No. 06 – Awnings and Sun Trellises

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all Awnings and Sun Trellises.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Plot plan diagramed and labeled with the placement of the alteration in relation to the house

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

  • All pertinent dimensions/measurements.
  • Method of attachment (where) applicable.
  • A description of materials, including type and color of siding material, roof material, trim material, lighting fixtures, and windows.
  • Samples, brochures, and/or manufacturer’s pictures of the proposed materials, colors, etc.
  • Pitch of new roof (if applicable).
  • Lighting plans (if applicable) with description, bulb type, and wattage.
  • A description of any planned relocation or removal of existing items/structures (i.e. trees, landscaping).

Approval

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

  1. The style, color, materials, size and proportion complements the architectural character and existing color scheme of the house.
  2. Proposed awnings are wood or cloth.
  3. Awnings are not metal (including aluminum) or fiberglass. These awnings are NOT ALLOWED.
  4. Awnings are straight forward design, of a solid, natural color, and without embellishments such as fringes, contrast trim, etc. Awnings with very little or no visual impact may have stripes that are natural in color or that complement the house and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  5. Awnings do not significantly impair the view, amount of sunlight, or ventilation of adjacent residences or the public’s use or enjoyment of open space.

Note: If awnings are to be removed after installation, the pipe frames must be removed and any necessary repairs must be made.

Guideline No. 07 – Basketball Equipment (Portable, Permanent, Attached)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for any and all basketball equipment, freestanding or attached; temporary or permanent.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • A plot plan showing the location of the basketball unit.

Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.

  • Description of proposed unit.
  • Description of the backboard color.
  • Manufacturers drawing or photograph.
  • Color of the pole.
  • Height of the rim.
  • A description of how and where the equipment will be anchored (for attached units).
  • Signature of affected neighbors.

Approval

Your Exterior Alteration Application for free-standing, portable or permanent basketball equipment will most likely be approved if you meet the following conditions:

  1. The backboard is a quality, commercial one.
  2. The backboard is clear, white, graphite (gray), with hoop, stripe and net.
  3. The proposed placement provides reasonable visual and noise consideration for neighbors.
  4. Appropriate screening is proposed (where applicable). See GUIDELINE No.47-SCREENING.

Front of House Placement

  1. Placement is at the side of the driveway away from the applicant’s house toward the side property line.
  2. The basketball equipment is no more than 20 feet or less than 3 feet from the front of the garage, and no more than 4 feet from the side line of the driveway.
  3. There is a minimum of 7.5 feet between the backboard and the side property line and a minimum of 20 feet or half the length of the driveway (whichever is less) from the front property line in the backboard.
  4. The basketball hoop faces the driveway.
  5. You have obtained written permission of all owners if you have a shared driveway.

Rear of House Placement

  1. Placement is 10 feet or more from the rear and side property lines (although this placement will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

Note: BASKETBALL EQUIPMENT IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE APPROVED IN THE HOWARD COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY (ROW: the street, the sidewalk, street tree easements, and the cul-de-sacs). Residents with complaints about basketball equipment in the County right-of way may contact Howard County at 410-313-7450.

Guideline No. 08 – Boats, Trailers, Trucks and Recreational Vehicles

Section 8.01 of the River Hill Village Covenants states that without prior written approval of the Architectural Committee, “No boat trailer, house trailer, trailer, truck or any similar items shall be stored or parked in the open on any lot.” Boats, campers, and motor homes are similarly regulated.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Submit a site (plot) plan.

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

  • Elevation drawings of the house and driveway showing the appearance of the vehicle on driveway in relation to adjacent and surrounding properties.
  • Provide dimensions of driveway.
  • Provide dimensions of vehicle.
  • Provide dimension of vehicle in relation to driveway.

Approval

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

  1. Vehicle size does not obscure view of street traffic.
  2. The size of the vehicle does not obscure the ability of adjacent neighbors to ingress or egress their driveways safely.
  3. Screening does not significantly impair the view or amount of sunlight of adjacent residences.
  4. The screening is not unattractive in appearance.

NOTE: Trucks and multi passenger vehicles are defined as vehicles exceeding 2000 lbs with exterior signing or lettering; with or without an open, loaded or flatbed rear section; with area for a ladder and tool carrying capacity. To include pickup trucks with or without signage that are used for commercial hauling; Full-Size vans, Minivans and SUVs weighing between 13,000 and 33,000 lbs and heavy trucks that are used for local delivery and public service commercial purposes.