Guideline No. 13b – Decks (Stonehaven Townhouses)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all decks on townhouses.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:


  • Diagrammed plot plan, showing location of the proposed structure. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • A Completed Deck Worksheet.
  • A detailed plan, to include a written description of all materials to be used.
  • Measurements, dimensions, etc. of project.
  • Elevation drawings of the structure.
  • Details of any railings to be used, if applicable.
  • Details of the flooring to be used.
  • Description of any plantings to be removed, relocated, or replaced for the construction of the structure.
  • Description of equipment such as meters or heating and air conditioning sources that will be relocated and provide new location.
  • Description of additions of or changes to window or door location, size, or style.
  • Description of proposed installation of or changes to the exterior lighting.
  • List with all wattages of exterior lighting.
  • Description of proposed landscaping or screening. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  • List of construction materials with colors.
  • Description of the roof to include pitch, material, and color, if a roof is to be added.
  • Color of soffit and fascia.


Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Deck is constructed with an 18-24 inch setback from the side property lines.
  2. Deck has a minimum of 1 foot setback from rear property line.
  3. Deck is a minimum 3 feet from adjacent decks.
  4. Deck is not attached to adjoining common walls.
  5. Deck length does not exceed 16 feet from the rear wall of the subject property that is farthest away from the property line.
  6. Privacy screens (if installed) will be board-on-board style and installed only on the sides of the deck.
  7. If composite material is used it is for flooring only.
  8. Screening (if used) does not exceed 6 feet in height from the deck floor and no more than half the length of the deck.
  9. Railings are non-decorative, 2 inch x 2 inch vertical pickets and have a 2 inch x 6 inch cap.
  10. No decorative picket patterns e.g., sunburst, Chippendale, etc.
  11. Clear wood preservative is used.

NOTE: Rear property line fencing is discouraged and will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. The installation of both a deck and rear property line privacy fencing is discouraged and will only be considered on a case-by case basis. Due to unique configuration of these townhomes (i.e., space constraints and security considerations), stairs are strongly discouraged. However, if stairs are proposed, they will be reviewed on a case-by case basis. The installation of landscape material will be required to minimize the impact that stairs may have on the adjacent open space areas.

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