Architectural Guidelines for fence replacement, repair and stain.
Many of the Riverpointe fences date back 10 years or more. Fences of that age have become worn and dilapidated over the years and some are in need of repair or replacement. In most cases, it is the homeowner that is responsible for repairing or replacing non-compliant fences.
Frequently asked Questions
I have a neighbor that I don’t know and the fence between our side yards is falling apart. Who is responsible?
We hear this question a lot and the answer is that you are both responsible to repair or replace the fence. Same holds true for your back fence if you have a neighbor on that lot.
Ideally, the physical location of the fence usually determines which homeowner is responsible for replacement or repair. However, when the fence divides two properties, it is generally not possible to determine ownership unless site plans are readily available. Many homeowners are second or third owners, so they aren’t aware of the history like when it was built, who built it and on who’s property.
Since both homeowners benefit from the privacy of the fence, the best practice is that both homeowners should share equally in the repair or replacement cost. The HOA would only step in if the parties cannot reach an agreement. If there are violations involved, both parties can be subject to equal fines until the fence is compliant.
My back yard abuts to a neighborhood outside Riverpointe, do I need to have a fence across my backyard?
Yes. Fences are required around the perimeter of the neighborhood and between backyards. If the fence is on the side of the house, then it is up to the homeowner.
Does my fence have to match the neighbor’s fence?
Yes. All fences should match throughout the community; however, many fences were put up without seeking approval and do not meet the community’s guidelines. Please see attached photos for examples of a compliant fence.
My fence doesn’t look like the compliant fence’s pictures, why?
Fences that do not match the examples are carry over from previous years and are no longer approved. Our goal is to educate and when the time comes to rebuild we will require the fence be brought to current guidelines.
Will the Association inspect a newly installed fence?
Yes. Either by personal inspection or during the monthly audits. Deviations from the approved specifications may require additional modification to insure compliance.
When is just a repair needed?
We apply a general rule that if the problem areas in the fence involves 20% or less of the total fence, then this qualifies as a repair. If more of the fence than that is in disrepair, then a replacement is required. This maintains continuity of appearance and may also be the most cost-effective solution.
What is the process of replacing my fence?
The process starts by submitting an ACC request on-line at riverpointeauburn.org (you must be registered). Go to your account and select ISSUES. Then select from the drop-down menu ACC/PIC Request (Property Change Request). For category, select Fence Addition or Change. You will then pick a location by your address and walk through the rest of the process. You can upload pictures and detail your request. A repair does not require an ACC request.
Some helpful points to remember
- Fences cannot exceed 6 feet in height. Arched gates may not exceed the fence height.
- The width of each board should not exceed 4 inches.
- Gates must be arched.
- Ensure the fence design matches the examples. The adjoining fence should also match. In some cases, you may need to work with your neighbor to replace the whole piece so they all match (see pictures).
- Fences should be stained. Preapproved stain colors are SW 3505 and SW 3507.
- Adjoining fences should be stained to match so there isn’t a visible color difference.
- Front yard fences are strictly prohibited.
- Wood is the only approved fence material.
- Please be sure to include a diagram of the fence location with the ACC request.
Pre-Approved Stain Colors:
COMPLIANT & NON-COMPLIANT EXAMPLES
EXAMPLE 1: Adjoining gates, stained to match, lined up and do not pass the utilities access points.
EXAMPLE 2: Closed or gated, they cannot exceed the utility access points.
EXAMPLE 3: Neighbor to the left didn’t need a gate but neighbor to the right did. The fences line up and don’t go past the front trim.
EXAMPLE 4: Neighbors to the left already had a closed fence. Neighbors to the right newly added. They worked together to bring the fence on the left towards the front to line up with theirs and stained to match.
EXAMPLE 5: This is an example of a non-compliant fence. They don’t match, don’t line up, the fence to the right isn’t the correct style.