Guideline No. 37 – Porticos/Front Porches/Front Entryway

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for the addition of, or restructuring of a front entryway, portico, or front porch.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The applications must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan, showing location of the proposed structure. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • A detailed plan, to include a written description of all materials to be used.
  • Measurements, dimensions, etc. of the project.
  • Elevation drawings of the structure.
  • Details of any railings to be used, if applicable.
  • Description of flooring.
  • Description of any corbels, brackets, or braces to include number, color, and placement.
  • Description of any plantings to be removed for the construction of the structure.
  • Changes in window or door locations, size, or style.
  • Description of changes in exterior lighting to include the addition or removal of lighting and wattage.
  • Description of proposed landscaping or screening. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
  • List of construction materials to include colors.
  • The roof pitch and color if one is added.
  • Color of soffit and fascia.

Your application will most likely be approved if it meets the following criteria:

  1. The alteration is compatible in location, color, size, conformity with the design of the house, and in relationship to neighboring dwellings.
  2. The Howard County Building Code is adhered to in all its aspects, including the obtaining of a building permit.
  3. The alteration matches the existing structure in style, color, and material.