Architectural Guidelines

Architectural Guidelines for Exterior Alterations and Regulations


I. Composition And Duties Of The Architectural Committee
II. Applying For Approval of Exterior Alterations
III. Recommendations and Non-Approvals
IV. Alteration without Approval
V. What Is the Process for TWTHA Declaration Enforcement
VI. Building Additions or Exterior Alterations
VII. Sheds and tool Storage Structures
VIII. Temporary/Moveable Storage Structures
IX. Restyling
X. Siding Repairs and Replacement
XI. Roof Replacement
XII. Maintenance
XIII. Residential House Numbers
XIV. Solar Collectors
XV. Attic Ventilators, Exterior
XVI. Antennas and Satellite Dishes
XVII. Awnings
XVIII. Basketball Backboards and Skateboard Ramps
XIX. Boats, Trailers, Trucks, Motorcycles, Recreational Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles, Motor Vehicles Repairs
XX. Decks
XXI. Patio, Yard and Porch Furniture
XXII. Patios and Walkways
XXIII. Statues, Fountains and Ornaments
XXIV. Dog Houses And Dog Runs
XXV. Animal Leash Law
XXVI. Driveways and Aprons
XXVII. Fences
XXIX. Heating And Air Conditioning Sources
XXX. Landscaping And Lawn Maintenance
XXXI. Lighting, Residential
XXXII. Painting and Staining, Exterior
XXXIII. Parking (Prohibited Areas)
XXXIV.Political and Display Signs
XXXV. Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas
XXXVI.Swing Sets, Sandboxes, and Other Play Equipment
XXXVII. Trash Storage and Collection
XXXVIII. Vegetable Gardens
XXXIX. Window Treatments
XXXX. Woodpiles
XXXXI . Other Alterations


The Architectural Committee (AC) consists of three or more members. A member is not required to be an architect or to meet any other particular qualifications. Members are volunteers and are not compensated.

The AC members are appointed by the Board of Directors of TWTHA at the January board meeting. The term of appointment is for a period of one year. Any new member appointed to replace a member will serve that member’s unexpired term. Any AC member may request the TWTHA Board of Directors to remove any committee member who fails to attend four consecutive AC meetings without prior notification to the chairperson(s). The AC may also make a written request to the TWTHA Board of Directors to add a designated person to their committee should a vacancy occur.

The duties of the AC are to consider and act upon applications for alterations submitted in writing on the approved form, to adopt AC Guidelines, and to perform other duties imposed on it by the Thalia Wayside Townhomes Homeowner’s Association Restrictions. Written complaints received by the AC are kept confidential and are acted upon using the TWTHA Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions and the AC Guidelines as direction. Should the AC be unable to resolve a complaint, either by personal contact, telephone, letter, or email, the AC may elect to refer the violation to the TWTHA Board of Directors with a recommendation that the Board of Directors hold a due process hearing or forward the matter to the TWTHA attorney for whatever action deemed appropriate. The AC’s final communication to the resident will advise that without resolution of the violation, the AC will forward the matter and all communication to the TWTHA Board of Directors which may lead to legal action.

The AC shall meet monthly to perform its duties. The vote or written consent of a majority of members present shall constitute the act of the AC. The AC shall keep and maintain a written record of all actions taken.

For additional information about the AC, refer to the Thalia Wayside Townhome Homeowner’s Association Declaration.

*Note: TWTHA will be used in this document to stand for Thalia Wayside Townhomes Homeowners Association, Inc.


  1. The Homeowner may obtain an Application from the TWTHA office during office hours, the AC or at the website (www.thalia An alteration form is also included in your TWTHA Homeowners book. The completed application must be submitted to and approved by the AC.
  2. The Homeowner is to return the completed Application and all appropriate documents to the office, website or the AC no less than five (5) business days prior to the monthly AC meeting.
  3. Upon receipt of the completed application, the AC will notify the Homeowner that a decision will be made within thirty (30) days after receipt of the documents.
  4. The Homeowner will receive written notification of the approval or disapproval from the AC no later than five (5) days after the monthly meeting.
  5. Supporting documents must include all of the following:
    • A Detailed Description of Alterations
    • Copy of Physical Survey
    • A Detailed Description of Materials, Color Brochures
    • Contractor’s Proposal
    • Any documentation that will assist the AC in understanding the proposed alteration.
  6. AC approval shall be valid for six (6) months. If alterations have not been completed within that time, a new Homeowner Application must be submitted to and approved by the AC


  1. Upon receipt of the recommended changes by the AC, the Homeowner’s application may be amended and resubmitted using the previously submitted information and all supporting documents and must show the recommended changes
  2. The Homeowner may submit an appeal to the Board of Directors if the application is disapproved. An appeal must be sent, via Certified Mail, in writing to the TWTHA Board of Directors within ten (10) days of notification of disapproval. The Board of Directors, upon receipt, will request all documentation from the AC for review. The Homeowner will be notified in writing by certified mail when the appeal meeting will come before the Board. During the appeal meeting, the Homeowner will be given an opportunity to present evidence on his behalf. The maximum time limit of 30 minutes is allowed for presentation of the appeal. The Board will issue its decision within 30 days of the appeal meeting.


If the Homeowner fails to submit an application or if the application is modified or disapproved, the Homeowner is liable for the cost of removing the alteration and/or the cost of any related attorney’s fees and/or litigation fees.


Upholding the TWTHA Declaration is the duty of every resident, but the AC and the Board of Directors carry out the routine enforcement. When architectural complaints are brought to the attention of the AC and/or the Board of Directors, they are kept confidential and are reviewed as promptly as possible.

If a complaint is found to be a violation of the Declaration or AC Guidelines and/or any amendments and supplements thereto, the AC will notify the homeowner with a written warning or a “cease and desist” letter. This notification will state the nature of the violation, define a specified time frame to correct the violation, and state the Board of Directors’ authority to impose sanctions for failure to correct the violation, after an opportunity to be heard.

If corrective action is not taken within the specified time frame, the AC will refer the matter to the Board of Directors. After confirming that the violation has not been corrected, the Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, schedule and give notice of a due process hearing, at least fourteen (14) days in advance thereof, via registered or certified United States mail, return receipt requested, to such homeowner at the address on the records of TWTHA.

Even if the homeowner has corrected the violation within the time frame stated in the written warning, the TWTHA Board of Directors may, in its sole discretion, consider any repeat of the same violation within the next twelve months a continuing violation of the noticed violation and may schedule a due process hearing without written warning as provided above.

The due process hearing shall be conducted by at least three members of the Board of Directors. Failure of a homeowner to attend the scheduled due process hearing shall not waive the Board of Directors’ right to continue to hold the due process hearing.

The due process hearing result shall be mailed by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the homeowner at the address of record with TWTHA within seven (7) business days of the due process hearing.

Any homeowner found to be in violation shall be responsible for all attorneys’ fees, administrative costs, court costs, and any applicable costs that may result in the enforcement of the Declaration and AC Guidelines. Such fees and costs may be adopted, imposed, and enforced by the TWTHA Declaration.


A full Homeowner Application is required for submission to and approval from the AC including drawings and designs of the proposed addition/alteration, a copy of the homeowner’s physical survey, and a copy of the contractors work proposal before any addition/alteration can commence. Upon approval, the homeowner must provide a copy of the City of Virginia Building Permit to the AC..

Building additions include, but are not limited to, fences, greenhouses, porches, and room additions.

In order to be aesthetically pleasing, the design of major additions/alterations should be consistent with the existing shape, style, and size of the dwelling in the following ways:

  1. Siding, roofing, gutters, and trim materials must be the same as, or compatible with, the existing materials of the dwelling in color and texture.
  2. New windows and doors must be compatible with those of the existing dwelling in style and color. These must also be located on walls at the same approximate height as those of the existing dwelling and be trimmed in a similar manner.
  3. Roof eaves and fascia must be the same depth, style, and approximate height as existing eves and fascia. New roofs must be the same approximate slope as those on the existing dwelling.

The following conditions shall be factors for determining the acceptability of addition locations:

  1. Additions must not significantly impair the view, amount of sunlight or ventilation of adjacent residences, or the public’s use and enjoyment of open space. New windows, doors, or viewing areas from the addition must not impinge upon existing internal or external private areas of adjacent residences.
  2. New additions must not create situations in which adjacent neighbors will have difficulty adding to, modifying, or maintaining existing dwellings.
  3. Additions must not adversely affect drainage conditions on adjacent properties through changes in grade or other significant run-off conditions.
  4. Breaking ground—the applicant must call MISS UTILITY at 1-800-552-7001 for existing locations of utilities before any digging is initiated.


Only one (1) shed or other storage structure, in addition to that constructed by the subdivision builder, is allowed. It requires an Application to and approval from the AC.

The Application must include:

  1. A detailed plan, including dimensions and materials, specifying the proposed structure’s lot placement.
  2. A sketch of the completed structure.
  3. Upon AC approval, the homeowner must submit a copy of the permit from Building Codes Office from the City of Virginia Beach.

Any shed or other storage structure must be located both behind the living unit’s rear foundation line and within the fenced area.

The structure must be painted or stained and shingled the same as the existing living unit.


A Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC is required for temporary/moveable storage units; i.e. PODS and construction Dumpsters. Start and finish dates shall be no more than ten (10) business days.


Restyling is any relatively permanent change that alters the exterior appearance of a unit. It includes, but is not limited to, the addition of or change in porches, porch railings, shutters, storm doors, security doors and windows.

An Application is required and must include:

  1. Description of the restyling.
  2. A detailed plan specifying the dimensions and materials.
  3. Paint and /or stain colors.
  4. Dimensions.
  5. A sketch of the completed project.

The AC will review each plan based upon the appropriateness of the restyling, the suitability of the proposed materials, and both the physical effects and the visual impact of the restyling on neighboring properties.

The AC advises fashioning restyling in accordance with the unit’s original style.

Check with the City of Virginia Beach Building Codes Office for any necessary permits


All structures must be properly maintained and adequately painted or stained. The siding itself must be kept in good repair. When siding is to be entirely or partially replaced, an application and approval from the AC is required.

The AC’s primary concern is the suitability of the proposed siding material and the visual effect of the new material on neighboring units. .

Replacement siding must be painted or stained the original color or a previously approved color and must resemble the original siding.


A Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC is required for all roof replacements.

An actual sample of proposed roofing material must be submitted as part of the Application.


Improvements, alterations, repairs, changes of paint colors, changes of roof color/style, excavations, or other work which in any way alters the exterior appearance of any property with TWTHA are not allowed without prior approval of the AC.

No building or structure upon any property within TWTHA shall be permitted to fall into disrepair. Each such building and structure shall at all times be kept in good condition and repair and shall be adequately painted or otherwise finished.

Please refer to Painting and Staining Exterior, AC Guideline Section XXXI.


No more than two sets of residential house numbers are permitted on a particular unit. The total face area of each set of numbers may not exceed seventy-two square inches. In an emergency situation to aid police, fire, and rescue personnel in locating a residence, the AC recommends that each unit have house numbers that are both prominently displayed at all times and adequately illuminated at night.


All solar collectors require a Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC. The proposed panels should have a minimal visual effect on the immediate neighborhood and are to lie flat on the unit’s roof. They should not be visible from the street.


All exterior attic ventilators require a Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC in accordance with the following guidelines:

  1. No part of the ventilator should be visible from the street.
  2. The ventilator should protrude no more than 36 inches above the roof surface.
  3. Blocking airflow through the ventilator should be accomplished from the inside of the unit.


These devices must be placed in the rear of the unit. No installation is allowed on common areas.

Any such device that is inactive or not in use by the current resident must be removed.


Awnings are not allowed on the front of any unit in Thalia Wayside. Any proposed awning for the rear of the unit requires a Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC.


Use of basketball backboards and skateboard ramps is not permitted.

Ordinance by the City of Virginia Beach prohibits the use of Frisbees, footballs, baseballs, basketballs, etc. on city streets.

TWTHA Neighborhood Park has a basketball court and ample playground space for these activities.


No vehicles other than properly licensed, operating automobiles, motorcycles, or non-commercial pickup trucks shall be parked upon the premises in front of or abutting any of the units. Boat trailers, boats, campers, and recreational vehicles are specifically prohibited from being parked or stored forward of the exterior front of any unit. No boat trailer, truck, motorcycle, recreational vehicle, commercial or motor vehicle parts and/or accessories may be parked, placed or stored forward of the exterior front of any unit.

In addition, no vehicle may be maintained, constructed, reconstructed, or repaired upon any property or street (public or private) within TWTHA in such a manner as will be visible from neighboring property.

Neither combustibles nor unsightly materials nor any other nuisance material may be stored in a pickup truck bed.

No mobile home, trailer of any kind, commercial truck, camper, boat, tent, or similar structure shall be kept or placed upon any property or street (public or private) within TWTHA for a period of more than forty-eight hours.

Commercial vehicles are not allowed to be parked on the driveways of townhomes within TWTHA.

Motorcycles: only coverings specifically designed for the protection of motorcycles from the elements are approved. No tarp coverings are permitted.

The Zoning Office of the City of Virginia Beach advises that unlicensed, uninspected, and vehicles not in driving condition are prohibited from being parked in a driveway or on a public street. Such offense may be reported to the Zoning Office at 757-385-8074.


A complete Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC is required for any deck. Applications must include the following:

  1. A description of the material to be used, i.e. type of wood or composite decking material.
  2. An illustration of the proposed deck, including railings and stairs, dimensions, and height above grade.
  3. An explanation of any relocation of windows, doors, meters, and heating/air conditioning units.
  4. A description of any changes to exterior lighting
  5. The addition of a deck must not affect the proper drainage of water of neighboring units.
  6. Decks must be no more than 12 inches above the ground so as not to impact the privacy of your Neighbor.
  7. Wood decking can be left to weather naturally or be sealed with clear liquid weather proofing.
  8. Composite decking material must be neutral in color.

Decks must be kept in good condition. Any damaged portion of the deck must be repaired within thirty days of damage occurrence.

Existing decks do not set a precedent for the AC approval of future decks.

The City of Virginia Beach requires a building permit be obtained prior to constructing a deck.


  1. All patio and yard furniture must be placed behind rear foundation lines or behind a fenced in area.
  2. Only furniture that is designed as porch furniture is allowed on the front porch. This furniture must be of wood, wrought iron or plastic and must be kept in good condition and be appropriate for the space.


Installation of new patios and walkways outside of existing fences requires a Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC. These must be constructed of cement, paving stones, or bricks.


Any statue, fountain, and/or ornament, including but not limited to flag poles, window boxes, weather vanes, bird baths, etc., requires a Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC if placed in front or side yards of the unit.


Dog houses and /or dog runs require a Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC. All dog houses and runs must be located behind the rear foundation line and within a fenced yard. They should be positioned so as not to create a nuisance and must be painted and roofed to match the unit.


Dogs and cats must be on a leash when off of your property.

Keep dogs and cats out of your neighbors’ yard.

Dogs may only use the grass areas between the sidewalk and the street; however, the feces must be removed immediately. If the feces is not removed, the City may be contacted and a complaint filed.

Section 5-9 of the City Code addresses nuisance animal issues.

Section 5-10 of the City Code addresses barking dog issues.


Homeowners are responsible for maintaining the respective unit’s driveway. Maintenance includes the removal of oil stains, grass, and weeds in the driveway and apron cracks.

All repairs must be made with cement to maintain the original appearance.

A Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC are required for any additional driveways or extensions of existing driveways.

Residents and visitors should park their cars on driveways in such a manner that does not interfere with pedestrians using the sidewalk area. Vehicles should not be parked on the apron area since they interfere with vehicle and pedestrian traffic and city access to water and sewer meters.


A Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC is required for modification, erection, or addition of fences.

Modification of fencing includes, but is not limited to, removing slats, staining fences, increasing or reducing fence height, and installing additional fencing to enlarge the enclosed area. When enlarging existing fenced area, new fencing must match original fencing. An appropriate drawing of the proposed extension as well as a copy of the original physical survey must accompany each application.

Support posts must be positioned inside the fenced area.

No fence may be installed across, around, or through pedestrian access easements as shown on plat surveys.

Residents are asked to consider neighbor’s access to back easements when erecting fences. If each end unit places fencing on a property line, the inside units will have no rear access for wood delivery, trash container removal, lawn mower access, etc.

No chain link, barbed wire, or other metal materials shall be used for fencing. Plastic flowerbed fences are not permitted as they create a patchwork effect. No staining or painting is permitted. However, clear liquid weather proofing is allowed since it does not change the color of the wood.

Repairs to AC approved fencing do not require an Application if the appearance of the fence will be unchanged. However, damaged fencing must be repaired within a reasonable time period.


All grills must be located behind the unit’s front foundation line or within the fenced area. Permanent grills require a Homeowner application to and approval from the AC.

Contact the City of Virginia Beach Building Codes Office to obtain the appropriate permit(s).

Contact the City of Virginia Beach Fire Marshall for regulations concerning the storage of flammable materials.


Relocation of heating and air conditioning units requires a Homeowner application to and approval from the AC.

All heating and/or air conditioning units must be located behind the unit’s rear foundation line and within the fenced yard.

Window and wall units require a Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC.


It is a homeowner’s responsibility to keep all shrubs, trees, and grass neatly trimmed, properly cultivated, and free from all trash, weeds, and other unsightly materials.

Fallen leaves, twigs, etc. must be cleared from the yard, the driveway, the sidewalk, and bordering street curbing. These areas must be maintained weekly.

The homeowner is also required to maintain the grass located behind fences and on easement property. The Community Protection Housing Unit of Virginia Beach may fine the homeowner or tenant for failure to properly maintain the easement area.

Flowerbeds must be maintained and must be kept free of weeds.

Any hanging flower baskets must be kept in good condition and present a neat appearance.

All landscaping timbers and stone borders must be kept in good condition and present a neat appearance.


    1. General Lighting
      1. The replacement of an existing light fixture, if in keeping with the style of the unit, does not require approval from the AC.
      2. Unusual colors, such as red, blue, orange, green, etc. are prohibited.
      3. New permanent exterior lighting and wiring requires a full Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC. All exterior lighting must be installed so as not to be intrusive on adjacent property. It must be aesthetically planned for each location.
    2. Security Lighting
      1. Exterior lighting must be carefully considered due to the impact on neighboring properties. Light fixtures of this type must be carefully positioned so that they illuminate only a specific area, such as a doorway.
      2. Some high output light fixtures must be shielded in a manner similar to some street light installations to prevent unwanted or excessive intrusion of light from one property to another.
      3. A Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC is required.
    3. Temporary Lighting
      1. Decorative holidays and festival lighting does not require AC approval. However, all Virginia Beach City fire and safety codes must be adhered to.
      2. Holiday lighting must not be erected prior to the November 16th in any year and must be removed by the following January 7th .
      3. Fall festival and Halloween lighting cannot be erected prior to October 12th and must be removed by November 5th of the same year.
      4. All temporary lighting and displays must be in good taste and family appropriate.
    4. Breaking Ground
      1. The Applicant must call MISS UTILITY (1-800-552-7001) for existing locations of utilities before any digging is initiated.


In accordance with the TWTHA Declaration, exteriors of all living units and of accompanying structures must be kept neatly and adequately painted and/or stained.

If a unit or other structure is to be repainted or re-stained with the original color no Application is required. You may obtain the approved paint information, including paint number and name, from the TWTHA office.

To both avoid unusual colors and maintain visual harmony, changes in paint or stain color require a prior Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC. This shall apply to shutters, roofs, units and sheds.

The AC will consider color change Applications based on the following:

  1. The material used to affect the change, i.e. the color of paint or stain to be used.
  2. The effect of the proposed color combination on neighborhood appearance and adjoining units.


No automobile, motorcycle, trailer, camper, or similar vehicles are allowed to be parked on the grass, aprons, or sidewalk areas of the driveway.

Cul-de-sac areas must remain open to enable vehicles ample turn around space.

The Virginia Beach City Code states that it is unlawful to park vehicles on any city street for the purpose of offering it for sale or rent.


No signs, including political, may be posted in any yard, window, wall, or motor vehicle within TWTHA.

Temporary for sale and for rent signs are exempt from this regulation. However, they may be no larger than five square feet.


A Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC must be submitted for the installation of swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.

The AC will consider the Application on a case by case basis looking primarily at the potential effects of the proposed pool/hot tub/spa has on neighboring properties. In particular, the AC will examine planned excavation and drainage and will consider the surrounding landscaping.

The Application must include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Method of drainage and effect of drainage on adjacent properties.
  2. Whether installation requires excavation.
  3. Location within a fenced area relative to the unit and neighboring properties.

Any structure to be built in conjunction with the proposed pool/hot tub/spa, i.e. trellises, decks, etc., may require a building permit and a Homeowner Application to and approval by the AC.

The City of Virginia Beach requires a building permit prior to installing a pool, hot tub, or spa. Contact the Building Codes Office.

All pools must comply with the codes of the City of Virginia Beach.

Inflatable and plastic pools must be placed behind the unit and within the fenced area.


All play equipment must be located both behind the unit’s rear foundation line and within the fenced area.


The City of Virginia Beach requires all units to use their approved 60 or 90 gallon black plastic container and 90 gal. blue plastic recycling container.

All garbage and trash stored on properties must be in the approved City of Virginia Beach containers and be kept inside a privacy fence, shed or garage. They shall not be kept in the front yard, side yard, porch, behind ornamental fences, or in easement areas.

The City of Virginia Beach requires that garbage containers be placed at the street side on the day of collection only and by 7:00 AM on that day and must be removed by nightfall of that same day. The City of Virginia Beach Trash Collector will not empty overflowing containers. All trash must fit inside the container with the lid tightly closed.

For bulky item pick up, call the City of Virginia Beach Bulky Item Pick Up at 385-4650 at least twenty-four hours prior to our regular trash collection day or go to the website at For a list of items not eligible for pickup call 385-4650.

Recycling containers are to be placed at the street by 7:00 AM on trash collection day every two weeks. Check with the city for the correct two-week rotation.


Vegetable gardens do not require approval provided that all of the following conditions are met:

  1. All planting must be located behind the unit’s rear foundation line and inside the unit’s rear fencing.
  2. The garden is not planted on a grade that will cause damage to adjacent properties.
  3. Plant supports and dead vegetables must be removed at the end of the growing season.


Signs, paper, flags, sheets, and etc. used as curtains either at windows or patio doors are prohibited.

The exterior appearance of all window treatments must present a neutral color.


An Application is not required to locate a woodpile. However, all woodpiles must be located both behind their respective unit’s foundation line and within fenced in yards. In no instance should a woodpile readily be visible from a street or be visible from neighboring property. Woodpile height shall not exceed the height of the fence enclosing it.

Woodpiles must be at least one foot away from any party fence, party wall, or property line to avoid termites and other bug infestations.


When a guideline is not available for a project a Homeowner is proposing, a complete Homeowner Application to and approval from the AC is required.


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  1. TWTHA office is open during the week. Call 757- 498-0287 or check the calendar for hours.
  2. TWTHA clubhouse phone number is 757-498-0287; fax number is 757-498-1887.
  3. The AC meets the second Monday of each month, except December, at the TWTHA clubhouse
  4. The TWTHA Board of Directors meets the third Monday of each month, except December, at the TWTHA clubhouse.
  5. Additional copies of Exterior Alteration Applications are available on the website.
  6. TWTHA is located in the 3rd Police precinct (Bayside). The number is 757- 219-2703. The non-emergency number is 757- 385-5616.