The following standards pertain to the addition, alteration, reconstruction, and new
construction of porches and porticos only. For standards pertaining to screened
porches and decks, please refer to the appropriate section.
- Applicants are responsible for compliance with county setback requirements and for obtaining all county approvals and permits for the alteration, reconstruction, and new construction of porches and porticos.
- The architectural design, character, form, scale and proportion of all porches and portico will be harmonious and consistent with the design and character of the existing house, structures and adjacent houses. Architectural detailing must match house.
- Materials (e.g., roofing, siding, etc.) used in construction and color scheme are to be harmonious with the existing structures as well as the surrounding structures. For standards pertaining specifically to building materials and color please refer to the appropriate sections.
- The location of any porch/portico will not impair the views or amount of sunlight and natural ventilation to adjacent properties.
- 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 that all alterations, reconstruction and new construction of porches and porticos do not have an adverse impact on grade or other conditions, which may affect drainage.
- Porch/portico railings, support posts, and other painted features must be painted to match the approved trim color of the residence.
- Porch/portico flooring/decking may be stone, brick, concrete, stamped concrete, composite or wood lumber. Other materials may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Flooring/decking may be painted/stained to match the approved trim color of the residence. Any brick or stone flooring/decking features must match any brick or stone features on the existing residence.
- Porch/portico foundations must be enclosed on all sides. Lattice skirts or board
on board may be used to enclose the foundation of an elevated porch/portico and
must be painted to match the siding or trim of the residence. The exposed portion of
concrete foundations must be painted/stained to match the approved color of the
residence’s existing foundation. Any brick or stone foundation features must match
any brick or stone features on the existing residence.
In addition to the basic application requirements, applications for the addition,
alteration, reconstruction or new construction of porches and porticos must include:
- Detailed drawings and architectural plans for the proposed porches and porticos,
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 porches and porticos and its
relationship to property lines and adjacent houses.
- Photographs of the existing residence are required.
A description of all materials to be used, including the color of any paint or stain.