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.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • A site (plot) plan, showing location of the proposed structure.

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

  • 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.
  • A description of flooring.
  • A description of any corbels, brackets, or braces to include number, color, and placement.
  • A description of any plantings to be removed for the construction of the structure.
  • Any changes in window or door locations, size, or style.
  • A description of changes in exterior lighting to include the addition or removal of lighting and wattage.
  • A 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 design of house, and relationship of structure 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.