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Accessory Buildings

Homes Association of Cedar Hills

Board Policy

This policy is applicable to permits submitted after the adaption date of this policy

Accessory Structures: Sheds, Workshops, Studios, Playhouses, Greenhouses, Gazebos, Pool houses, equipment enclosures and other similar structures


A)    To be consistent with or more restrictive than the Washington County Development code and Development standards (zoning).

B)     To limit the visual impact of the accessory structure from the street and from adjacent homes/properties.

C)     To provide setbacks from property lines which provide for maintenance of the accessory structure and surrounding landscape and for passage of fire department personnel as required by the State of Oregon Fire Code.


 1. Limitation on Size and Number:

(a) The Association limits the total area of all accessory structures on any given             property to 200 square feet.

(b) On properties with a detached garage, the total area of the garage plus all accessory structures is not to exceed 600 square feet nor occupy more than 25 percent (25%) of the required yard or setback.

(c) If multiple smaller structures are proposed, they must be located at least six feet apart.

2. Appearance and setbacks based on size:

(a) Accessory structures of any size shall not be located within a required front yard setback.

i. Accessory structures shall be located behind the setback line as established in Exhibit C of the Restrictions, Article VI, (a), or behind the front or street side corners of the house or garage/carport, whichever is more restrictive. The Board of Directors may not waive the front or street side yard setback. Article I, (c).

ii. For purposes of classifying size of accessory structures (see below), height is measured from finish floor level to the average roof height (measured from bottom edge to peak), to be consistent with County standards.

(b) Small buildings (80 or fewer square feet and less than 8 feet in height):

i. Wooden accessory structures shall be painted to match the color scheme of the house.

ii. Side yard setback: Not less than 5 feet from the side property line (Article VI (b)).

iii. Rear yard setback: Not less than 5 feet from the rear property line.

(c) Medium buildings (more than 80 and less than 120 square feet and /or over 8 feet in height):

i. The exterior finish, including trim, roofing material and paint scheme shall match the house.

ii. Side yard setback: Not less than 5 feet from the side property line Article VI (b).

iii. Rear yard setback: Not less than 5 feet from the rear property line.

(d) Large buildings (120 to a maximum of 200 square feet and/or over 10 feet in height):

i. The structure shall be field built and be an extension of the home.

ii. The structure shall be designed and built to match the house, including roof design, roof pitch, roofing material and color, gutters and fascia board, soffit detailing, siding, windows, and paint scheme.

iii. Large accessory structures are to be built on a permanent foundation or concrete slab.

iv. Side yard setback: Not less than 5 feet from the side property line Article VI (b).

v. Rear yard setback: Not less than 15 feet from the rear property line (by County rules).

(e) Exception: At the discretion of the Board of Directors, small and medium (less than 120 square feet) non-permanent structures, not affixed to the ground, and not less than 6 feet from the home or garage/carport may be placed within the Association's side or rear easement ,Article VI (b),(1).

i. Such approval shall be conditioned upon the owner agreeing to remove the structure at the owner's expense within twenty (20) days if requested by the Association for good cause.

ii. The minimum side (excepting a street side yard) or rear setback shall be three (3) feet (by County Rules).

iii. The Board of Directors must approve any proposed encroachment into the Association's five (5)-foot side or rear easement at a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board may deny the request if good cause is not presented to support the request.

3. Screening:

(a) Screening by fence or natural material may be required by the Board on a case by case basis.

(b) For large buildings, rooflines should be oriented so as to limit their visibility and apparent height of the structure as viewed from the street above the fence line.

(c) Placement of structures in the side yards, visible from the street is discouraged.

4. Disallowed Uses:

(a) A detached accessory may not be finished or used for living purposes or converted to a living space (Article IV (a)(1)). Any other use disallowed by the Restrictions will apply equally to accessory structures.

5. Permitting Requirements:

(a) Association Building Permit Required:

i. A building permit issued by the Association is required prior to the erection of any accessory structure on a home site. The permit shall be submitted with a site plan, drawn to scale, indicating:

      • a drawing of all four sides of the proposed structure drawn to scale or manufacturer's literature or other graphic representation indicating width, length and height of the proposed structure. Such graphic representation shall include a specification of roofing, siding, and other proposed materials, including the color scheme,
      • the location of the proposed structure,
      • the location of the house and garage,
      • all property lines (with written setback dimensions),
      • any fencing, hedges, etc.,
      • other existing accessory structures (with size indicated).

(b) Board Approval Required:

i. The person granting building permits can issue a building permit for any shed of 80 or fewer square feet and less than eight (8) feet in height. Any accessory structure larger than 80 square feet and/or over eight (8) feet in height to the ridge above the grade must be reviewed and approved by a quorum of the Board of Directors (either at a regularly scheduled meeting, or during a permit review meeting).

ii. Any exceptions to this policy shall be reviewed by the Board.

(c) Right of Denial:

i. Accessory structures can be denied a building permit because of size or appearance. Not all home sites may contain a location that minimizes visual impacts on the neighborhood or that would maintain adequate open space between homes. Accessory structures may be denied because of size or appearance, Article V, (a)(2).

(d) Jurisdictional Permit Required:

i. For accessory structures requiring a jurisdictional permit, the applicant shall provide the Association with a copy of the approved permit(s) for their file prior to commencement of work, if approved by the Association.

ii. Generally, any accessory structure over ten (10) feet in height or over 200 square feet in area requires a building permit from the County in addition to the permit obtained from the Association. A development permit is required for any structure over ten (10) feet in height or 120 square feet or larger in area.

Date: 7/9/2013 & Amended 8/13/2013, Amended 4/2015

Approved by
Board of Directors
Homes Association of Cedar Hills

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