Guideline No. 34 – Patios and Walkways

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all patios and walkways.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:


  • Diagrammed plot plan showing the location and dimensions of the new patio/walkway and its relation to the existing house. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Diagram of the existing patios/walkways.
  • Diagram of trees and lot boundaries.
  • Description or sample of the materials to be used.
  • Description of proposed lawn contour changes, if applicable.
  • The proposed placement of any plantings or landscaping.
  • Description of any proposed screening. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  • Description of railings, if applicable.
  • Description of proposed steps or landing, if applicable.
  • Description of new, replacement, or additional exterior lighting, if applicable. See GUIDELINE No.30—LIGHTING.
  • Statement of the architectural style of the house.
  • Manufacturer’s drawing and/or photograph, if applicable and available.

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


  1. The design, location, and size of patios and walkways conform to the design and scale of the house and neighboring dwellings.
  2. All new materials are of a natural color, such as un-dyed concrete, stone, clay, brick, or wood.
  3. Existing contours are disturbed as little as possible. Terracing to follow existing land contours should be built in small increments, or a safety railing should be provided.
  4. Ingress and egress to and from the patio and maintenance of the patio can be accomplished while on your own property, i.e., without trespass.
  5. Materials for patios and walkways match existing patios and walkways which they adjoin. 
  6. The location provides reasonable visual and acoustical privacy for neighbors.
  7. Screening, fencing, or planting has been proposed to preserve such privacy, if applicable. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  8. The proposal does not include loose material walkways e.g., crushed stone.