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. 

Application Requirements

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

  • Diagrammed site (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.