Architectural Control

Architectural Control


Architectural Control Approval

Don’t start your home improvement project without it!

Call Before You Dig – Texas811

If you’re starting a project that will involve any digging, it is the law that you Call Before You Dig. With this free service, utility providers come to your property and survey and mark any underground utilities.

Why Do We Need Architectural Control?
“Maintaining a consistent and harmonious neighborhood, one that is architecturally and artistically pleasing, confers a benefit on the homeowners by maintaining the value of their properties.”
Preserving “the aesthetic quality and property values within the community” is recognized by courts as an “important function” of a homeowners association. The goal is not to meddle, it is to maintain a neighborhood quality, aesthetic and harmony of style within the neighborhood.
ACC Approval Application

An Architectural Control Committee Approval Application must be submitted for any building or changes to the exterior of the structures on your property. The purpose of requiring approval is to ensure that our deed restrictions are adhered to and to preserve the quality,  character, and harmony of the residences in our community.

In many communities, a charge is made to the homeowner for an ACC application. In Champion Forest, we have chosen to keep that free because we believe we all benefit from well maintained and updated properties. However, if an ACC application is not filed and approved prior to commencement of work, the HOA has and will exercise, the right to order a cease and desist and levy fines for noncompliance with the deed restrictions.

From the time of receipt of a fully complete ACC application, the committee has up to 30 days to approve or deny the application. However, most fully complete applications are processed much more quickly than this. The vast majority of ACC applications are approved, if your application is not approved, the ACC will give you an explanation and work with you to find an approved result.

Once a project of improvement has been duly approved by the ACC, no material modifications shall be made to the approved plans and specifications; and, subsequent alterations, relocations, additions, or modifications shall not be made to the project, as approved, without an additional submittal to, and review and approval by, the Committee.

The ACC approval application form, PODs, Dumpsters, Porta Potty guidelines  and Re-Roofing guidelines can be found here:

All applications should be submitted via this web portal or by post to the address shown on the form above. The applications are directly submitted to the ACC, not the management company. Thank you.

Architectural Control

Property alterations and improvements requiring approval include, but are not limited to; building, painting, re-roofing, new windows, masonry, siding, room additions, pools, carports, patio roofs, patios, walkways, driveways, and fences.

Temporary amenities such as move in-out storage pods, construction dumpsters, and porta-restrooms also require ACC approval.

An Application can be found by selecting the ACC Approval Application above. A survey plat is often required with your application form. You should have received one with your closing documents when you purchased your home. The title company, that processed your home purchase, should also have one.

Alterations without approval may result in a cease and desist notice stopping work until approval is obtained and/or fines for violations.  If you are unsure a request form is necessary, send a request just to be covered.

The Architectural Control Committee chair, Dan Westover, should be contacted regarding all matters pertaining to architectural approval, or you may download the form by clicking above.

The completed application can be submitted online here or sent to the address shown on the form.

The Champion Forest deed restrictions are found in the Deed Restrictions section of the HOA Documents Archive page.

Permits

Some improvements will require a permit from the Harris County Permit Department. Once you receive ACC approval you then apply for a permit if needed. Check here to see if one is needed for your improvement.

Beautification and Grounds Awareness Program

In order to enhance the beauty of Champion Forest by keeping it attractive, well-groomed and to achieve and maintain high property values, a Deed Restriction Inspector from the management company surveys for homes whose “curb appeal” is not up to par and notifies the homeowners of corrective measures. All property owners are required by the agreed Deed Restrictions to cooperate in this collective endeavor in order to keep our community attractive. Survey your property frequently to see that it meets the following criteria:

  • Home and garage exterior clean, neat and in good repair.
  • All fences maintained in good repair.
  • Lawn cut, edged and fertilized regularly and shrubbery trimmed and groomed.
  • Driveways, walkways and street gutters swept regularly. Please do not allow yard waste to enter and block the street drains.
  • Pools kept in a safe and hygienic condition as per Health Dept regulations.
  • Boats, recreational vehicles, motorhomes, inoperative vehicles, trailers and alike shall be stored out of sight.
  • Garbage, tree/yard waste, and recycling should not be visible until the evening before pick up day, currently Tuesday and Friday. Review full guidelines here.

Help Keep Champion Forest Beautiful!