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.

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. 10 – Clotheslines, Exterior – Fast Track Process Available

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all exterior clotheslines.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:


  • Diagrammed plot plan showing exact location, size, type, and color of clothesline device. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Manufacturer’s drawing or photograph, if available.
  • Screening is described; include complete description. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.



Your application will most likely be approved if:

  1. You apply for an umbrella or retractable type of clothesline. No other clothesline types are permitted.
  2. Clotheslines will be removed when not in use.
  3. The clothesline is as close to the rear of the house as practicable and within lines defined by the sides of the house.

Guideline No. 11 – Backyard Enclosed Compost Bins

 A backyard enclosed compost bin (compost bin) is a contained, property-maintained area for decomposition of plant and other organic material.

An Exterior Alteration Application shall be required for consideration by the RHAC. 

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

An examination of applications will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Diagrammed plot plan showing the placement location of the compost bin or tumbler behind rear sight lines of the house and at least ten feet from the property lines. 
  • Drawing showing the exact dimensions and style of the compost bin or tumbler; not to exceed four feet in height and four feet wide, and not larger than ten cubic feet.
  • Material not permitted for backyard composting to minimize odors and attracting scavengers are meat, fish, dairy, grease/oils, pet feces, diseased plants, and ash from charcoal. 
  • Description of materials to be used to construct the compost bin and the type and location of the materials to be used for the screening. See GUIDELINE No.47­—SCREENING.

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

  1. The placement of the proposed compost bin/tumbler minimizes the “look and smell” of the compost bin on neighboring properties.
  2. The compost bin will be located close to the rear of the house.
  3. The compost bin is not on Open or Common Space.
  4. The property is not a townhouse (although these applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

NOTE: If a compost bin or tumbler is moved to a location other than that of the original application, or the compost bin or tumbler design is altered in any way, you must submit a new application. A compost bin or compost tumbler includes any structure built to house composting materials.

Failure to maintain your compost bin is a violation of the maintenance provisions of the River Hill Village Covenants.

Guideline No. 12 – Condominium and Townhouse Exterior Alteration Application Procedure

An Exterior Alteration Application  is required for ALL exterior alterations.

It is important to maintain the original architectural character or theme of the condominium or townhouse community in which the dwelling is located. Any exterior alterations should not conflict with the original plan.

Individually Owned Property: Applications must be signed by the Association’s representative prior to submitting the application to the RHAC. Some homeowners’ associations have more restrictive Architectural Guidelines than those of the Village and those Guidelines must also be complied with (the more restrictive Guidelines shall apply). If you have questions, consult your Association’s Board of Directors; your property management company and/or the Village Covenant Advisor.

Common Property: Exterior Alteration Application must be signed by a member of the Condominium’s or Townhouse Association’s Board of Directors. If the work is to be done in stages, a master plan must be submitted.