Shade Structures

Does the spring weather have you thinking about spending more time outside?

Warmer weather is around the corner, and with it comes thoughts of outdoor fun and grilling, while staying cool in the shade.  If you’re interested in installing a shade structure to help you enjoy BBQ season, remember to first check out our community guidelines on shade structures to ensure that the shade structure you envision for your outdoor oasis is in harmony with the aesthetics of your home and community.  Then, visit to apply for it.

Examples of shade structures include canopies, gazebos, large Sunbrellas and even pergolas. Below is an excerpt of some of the guidelines to keep in mind when selecting the shade structure for your home. For the full list, please click here.

  • Any shade structure (permanent or temporary) requires prior approval. Decisions are made based on the type of house and the location, size, materials, and color of the structure.
  • Only one shade structure will be considered per home and must be maintained in good condition at all times.
  • Free standing shade structures are permitted year-round in the rear yards of single-family detached houses, rear yards of townhouses, and rear yards of zero-lot-line houses. They are permitted in enclosed yards of back-to-back and four-plex houses on a seasonal basis between the months of April and October.
  • If the shade structure has a separate fabric cover, only cloth fabric, in neutral colors, will be permitted.

If you are unsure whether your shade structure complies with the above guidelines, please feel free to reach out to the Architectural Standards Department for further assistance. And don’t forget to apply at and wait for your decision before making any purchases. Apply before you buy!

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