Each community handles architectural requests differently in accordance with the guidelines and requirements set forth in the Governing Documents. Some Governing Documents outline a fee schedule for the review process of architectural applications, while others do not. Architectural Review Committees can be the Board of Directors, homeowner volunteers, and sometimes for developing communities, a Declarant. These individuals have taken on this task for the community as a volunteer and do not get paid.
Some communities hire an Architect to review architectural plans to ensure they comply with Community Standards.
Many people wonder where the fee that they are charged goes. Architectural application fees can and do cover a multitude of costs associated with the review process including, but not limited to:
- Meeting space
- Architect Fees (for large projects or new home plan reviews)
- Document storage fees
While it may seem redundant to charge this fee, it helps to keep Association Assessments lower. Being able to cover the costs associated with the process benefits all members as a whole.