Screened Porches

The following standards pertain to the alteration, reconstruction or construction of
screened porches:

  • Screened porches are not permitted on the front or sides of the residence and must be located behind the rear and between the side planes of the house.
  • Applicants are responsible for compliance with county setback and safety (i.e., handrails, steps, etc.) requirements and for obtaining all approvals and county permits for all alterations, reconstruction and new construction of screened porches.
  • Manufactured/pre-fabricated structures otherwise meeting the standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Roof materials used in construction are to match the existing structures. For standards pertaining specifically to roofing materials please refer to the section on Roofs.
  • Roofs must be architecturally compatible with the roof on the applicant’s house and have a minimum pitch of 7/12. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis to maintain the architectural design and character of the existing structure.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring screened porches do not have an adverse impact on grade or other conditions, which may affect drainage.
  • Screened porches may be made from wood lumber with composite decking. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis based on the architectural design and character of the existing structure. Screened porches made from wood shall be properly maintained. Screened porches that are stained using an opaque stain or painted must match the color of the siding or trim color on the rear of the house. If a transparent type of stain is used, then it must be a natural wood color.
  • Screened porches with support posts more than 3 feet in height must have
    landscaping around the supports to soften the visual impact. For standards
    specifically pertaining to landscape screening, please refer to the section on
    Landscape Screening.
  • If the area under the screened porch area will be used for storage, indicate
    whether lattice or solid walls will be used. Solid walls will be treated as shed walls
    and must therefore follow storage shed standards. If, at any time, the area under the
    screened porch accumulates tools, materials, or other personal effects, it will be
    deemed a storage area and screening will be required.

Application Procedures

In addition to the basic application requirements, the application for screened porches
must include:

  • Detailed drawings and architectural plans for the proposed screened porch,
    including exterior elevations and dimensions. It is recommended that the application
    include the same drawings and architectural plans submitted for county approvals and
  • Property plat/site plan showing location of proposed screened porch to the
    existing house, structures, adjacent houses and property lines.
  • Description of all materials and screening to be used, including the color of any
    paint or stain.

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1. Alterations, Reconstruction and New Construction
2. Attic Fans and Ventilators
3. Awnings
4. Chimneys, Chimney Caps, and Flues
5. Cupolas and Weathervanes
6. Decks
7. Doors – Exterior Entry
8. Doors – Storm/Screen
9. Exterior Lighting
10. Exterior Color Changes
11. Garage Doors
12. Gazebos
13. Greenhouses
14. Gutters and Downspouts
15. Porches and Porticos
16. Pool Cabana/Pool House
17. Roofs
18. Screened Porches
19. Shutters
20. Siding
21. Skylights
22. Storm/Screen Windows
23. Windows