Tips to avoid architectural violations

Being in compliance with architectural policies and criteria is not as difficult as you may think. The goal of the Architectural Standards staff is to help protect Village property values by preserving a harmonious look on residential homes and enhancing the overall appearance of Montgomery Village. So, what can a homeowner do to avoid architectural violations?

  • Apply before you buy! Homeowners are required to apply and receive approval for any exterior modification that is being made to their property, before any work begins. It’s free to apply and we turn decisions around in 10 business days on average, depending on the complexity and completeness of the application. If modifications are made without prior approval, you will be cited for an architectural violation, charged a $25 review fee, and the modification will be reviewed for compliance. Please visit to apply online, and learn more about the application process from our Quick Reference Guide to Applying for Property Modifications.
  • Set up an online account. Setting up a free online account will allow you to access the architectural criteria, view your external property profile, stay up to date on the status of your application and access a number of other features specific to your property. Creating an account is simple: visit and locate the “Login/Join” link on the top right of your screen. Next, click “Create a New Account” and enter your e-mail, name, address and preferred communication style. Then just sit back and relax while we verify that you’re not a robot! The verification process can take up to 5 business days, but hold tight because once your account has been approved, you will receive another e-mail containing information about how to log in, set your password and other details.
  • Review the architectural criteria and guidelines. Each subdivision in Montgomery Village has its own set of architectural criteria that outline what features must be retained on homes and what modifications are acceptable. Once you have an online account, you’ll be able to access the criteria for your community. If you don’t have an account, contact our office and we can provide you with a copy. The Village-wide architectural guidelines are available on the Architectural Standards page of our website and provide guidance on a number of potential property modifications that are applicable to all Village communities. Please be advised that architectural criteria and guidelines are reviewed and updated as materials and colors change over time.

If you do receive an architectural violation letter, you must make all required corrections by the specified deadline, or submit your appeal within 30 days. The homeowner must sign and return the “Notice of Compliance” section of the notification and include photos of the corrected items. These items should be sent to the compliance specialist assigned to your community by mail or e-mail. If you have any questions or concerns about a violation letter, please contact the compliance specialist who sent it to you – their contact information will be at the bottom of the letter – or call 240-243-2364.

Remember that the best way to avoid an architectural violation is to reference the architectural criteria and apply for any exterior modification. If you are unsure if you need to apply for a modification, call our office at 240-243-2364. We are here to help!

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