Making Changes: Helpful Tips!

Making changes to your property can be an involved process. Doing all the appropriate preparation before starting work can save you time in the long run. Below are some helpful tips to make sure your project is a success!

Check if you need a permit from the city

The City of Longmont requires a permit for many projects, including the installation and replacement of fences. While the HOA is not responsible for enforcing city codes, ensuring you get the proper permits can prevent future headaches! More information can be found here.

Complete an underground survey for utilities before any excavation work

This is free and easy to set up: just call 811. More information can be found here.

Changing a fence? Make sure it's yours and talk to your neighbors!

Before changing a fence, it's important to first make sure it's your fence, and not your neighbor's. While a survey is the only way to definitively know whether or not the fence is on your property, a search of the city's permit database for the installation permit can provide a good indication.

Once you're sure the fence is yours, the neighborly thing to do is to let your neighbors know about the changes. This is especially true if you're removing a fence: your neighbors may be relying on it, and may want time to put up their own fence. They say that good fences make good neighbors, but communication makes even better neighbors!

Review our design guidelines and submit a change request

Any work started before approval by the Architectural Change Committee may have to be re-done if it is not in compliance with the guidelines, so please review our design guidelines, including the color palette (if painting) and fence appendices (if installing or replacing a fence), and submit a change request to the board for review before starting any work. You can contact the board by emailing or reaching out to one of the members.

Consider giving your contractor a copy of your approved change request

Sharing your approved change request as well as the relevant section of our design guidelines will help ensure the final work product is in line with what was approved, as deviations from what was approved can result in the project needing to be re-done.