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The Board provides the following guidance about submitting Architectural Change Applications (ACA) prior to installing a STANDBY generator. This guidance is consistent with requirements for other exterior installations in River Oaks and does not constitute any new rule(s):


Standby Generators (click for photos of various models): A standby generator is permanently installed outside your home and wired directly into the electrical system to provide power to some or all of your home's circuits during a disruption of normal utility power. Depending on the model, they may start automatically when the power goes out and stop when the power returns. Standby generators are fueled by liquid propane or natural gas and require professional installation, often with a permit. Standby generators are typically fully enclosed and vary in size. Check the dimensions carefully. A standby model may cost as little as $1,500 or as much as $15,000 or more--the greater the power capacity, the higher the cost.


(1) An ACA must be submitted to install a standby generator in a partially fenced or unfenced rear yard of an interior or an end unit, or in the side yard or on the side of, an end unit.

(2) An ACA is not required to install a standby generator in a fenced rear yard.

(3) An ACA will not be approved to install a standby generator in the front yard.