The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) exists in accordance with Article VI of the Fairfax Club Estates (FCE) Covenants and provides oversight and enforcement of the Restrictive Covenants outlined therein. The enforcement of the Covenants is to safeguard the property values within Fairfax Club Estates. When FCE homeowners bought their homes, a copy of the Covenants was provided as part of the closing. Covenants are deemed to “run with the land”, meaning that owners are subject to them whether they have read them or not. A homeowner is presumed to have read the Covenants in conjunction with a house closing.
Architectural Guidelines provide clarity to architectural interpretations that have occurred over time, allowing for changes in aesthetic sense and building materials since Fairfax Club Estates was established.
An Architectural Control file exists for each lot in Fairfax Club Estates and is maintained by the ACC. This file records approved changes made to a property in FCE dating back to when FCE was established.
If a homeowner is considering exterior changes to their house or property, it is best to consult the Architectural Guidelines first to ensure potential changes are in compliance with the FCE Covenants. Questions may be addressed to the ACC Chairperson by email.
Changes to the exterior of the house or property require ACC approval BEFORE any construction begins. The Architectural Review Request Form is easy to complete and can be processed very quickly by email. Once approved, the lot file is updated to record the change.
It is important to note that a County Permit for a construction project does not constitute FCE ACC approval of a project. This is a common error.
Prior to selling a property in FCE, a resale inspection is conducted by the ACC to ensure the property matches FCE documentation. A closing will not occur without this inspection. The best way to ensure a smooth closing is to record changes to the property by complying with the Architectural Request procedure prior to initiating a change.
If you have questions about Architectural Control please contact the ACC Chairperson.