Guideline No. 11 – Compost Bins

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all compost bins.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • A site (plot) plan showing the placement location of the compost bin or tumbler in relation to the house, property line and neighboring houses.

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

  • A drawing showing the exact dimensions and style of the compost bin or tumbler. If available, include a manufacturer’s drawing or photograph.
  • A description of materials to be used and the type and location of materials to be used for 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.

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