Guideline No. 49 – Sheds and Storage

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all sheds and outside storage sites. This includes any permanent structure built to house tools and provide extra storage outside the existing house.

Application Requirements

Application must include:

  • Submit a site (plot) plan which shows the relationship of the shed to the house and property lines. Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.
  • A statement as to the architectural style of the house/townhouse.
  • A list of materials to be used. Include a description of the color along with all color samples (e.g. shed, house and trim).
  • A detailed drawing of the shed including elevation drawings.
  • Dimensions, style and location of door(s).

Approval

The shed will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Shed is located behind the house and as close to the rear of the house as possible. Sheds attached to the house are preferred. If a more desirable location such as the back of the owners Lot in a heavily wooded area is available, the RHAC will give it consideration.
  2. FOR SHEDS ATTACHED TO THE REAR OF THE HOUSE: The shed is a sturdy, permanently anchored structure, which will be maintained.
  3. FOR SHEDS IN OTHER LOCATIONS ON THE LOT: The shed structure door/opening faces towards the homeowner’s property.
  4. Material is similar to the house (e.g. wood for wood siding houses). Composite material may be considered if it matches the style and material look of the house and is of the same quality and color. If the house is restyled, resided or paint color change is made, the shed must match.
  5. The shed does not include decorative embellishments (e.g., eagles, etc.). These are typically not approved.
  6. Size should be based on lot size and be in reasonable proportion to the house and/or fenced area.
  7. Appropriate screening is provided where applicable. See GUIDELINE No. 47- SCREENING.

NOTE: Townhouse and condominium associations may have further restrictions on sheds, so please check with your local association. The most restrictive guidelines will apply. Townhouse sheds will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Guideline No. 57 – Tree Planting or Removal – Fast Track Available

An Exterior Alteration Application will be required for the following:

  • Removal of any tree whose trunk is over 20 inches in circumference (approximately 7 inches in diameter) when measured at a point 2 feet above the ground, whether the tree is alive or presumed dead.
  • Planting of more than one tree specimen.
  • Relocation (replanting) of trees.

Application Requirements

Application must include:

  • Property plot/site plan showing  the exact location(s) and number of tree(s) to be removed or added.

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

  • Indication of reason for  tree removal or addition.
  • Indicate height of tree at time of planting.
  • Indicated tree type, name, and  height at maturity, for tree additon or replacement.

Approval

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

  1. You submit a completed application.
  2. You stagger plantings of more than 2 trees.
  3. Opaque plantings of trees are not used along property lines as delineation or planted in a row.
  4. Stumps are removed or dissolved if large trees are removed.

Guideline No. 58 – Trellises

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for trellises.

Application Requirements

Application must include:

  • A site plot /plan showing the location of the trellis.

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

  • Material, color and size of the trellis.
  • Relation of trellis to neighboring properties.
  • A drawing or brochure of the trellis.

Approval

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

  1. The style, color, materials, size, and proportion complement the architectural character and existing color scheme of the house.
  2. The trellis does not significantly impair the view or amount of sunlight of adjacent residences.
  3. The trellis is not out of scale with the house.

Approval not required

An application will not be required for small plant supports placed against the house or garage which match the background color and are made of a natural material.

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.