An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for any and all basketball equipment, freestanding or attached; temporary or permanent.
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.
- A completed Basketball Worksheet.
- 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.
- Plans for screening as applicable. See GUIDELINE No. 47-SCREENING.
Your Exterior Alteration Application for free-standing, portable or permanent basketball equipment will most likely be approved if you meet the following conditions:
- The backboard is a quality, commercial one.
- The backboard is clear, white, graphite (gray), with hoop, stripe and net.
- The proposed placement provides reasonable visual and noise consideration for neighbors.
- Appropriate screening is proposed (where applicable). See GUIDELINE No.47-SCREENING.
Front of House Placement
- Placement is at the side of the driveway away from the applicant’s house toward the side property line.
- 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.
- 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.
- The basketball hoop faces the driveway.
- You have obtained written permission of all owners if you have a shared driveway.
Rear of House Placement
- 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.