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If you plan on doing any changes to your house or property, please review the following for guidelines on the requirements for these projects. Send a letter (Does Not need to be a registered letter) of request to the Board of Trustees describing your project with a sketch or formal plan for the project(s). If you don't get a reply within ten (10) days, please call the VOL voicemail (216) 556-0524 asking for an update.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST HAVE VILLAGES OF LAKESIDE BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL AND OLMSTED TOWNSHIP PERMITS / APPROVAL PRIOR TO THE BUILDING OR INSTALATION OF:

Home additions / sunrooms: All building additions must have prior approval by the board of trustees and the Olmsted Township building department. Send a small copy of the building blueprints to the board for approval and home files.

Fences: All fences must have prior approval and pre-marked installation inside your property line. Any fencing installed outside your property must be moved immediately at the homeowners expense. Send a topographical sketch of your fencing plans and a picture of your proposed fencing to the board of trustees.

Guidelines for fencing:

  • Fencing may be wood, vinyl or metal.
  • Color must be prior approved and coordinate with the house color scheme.
  • Fencing may not exceed four (4) feet in height unless a swimming pool is inside the rear yard grounds (or will be installed) and then the maximum height will be five (5) feet.
  • Fencing must allow 25% visual see-through meaning 4 inch boards must have at least a 1 inch gap from a front view.
  • Fencing must be maintained continuously for cosmetic appeal and structural safety.

Sheds / Gazebos / Saunas / Tiki Huts / Roofed out buildings: Only one additional structure is permitted on your lot. Sheds and gazebos must have prior approval of plans design, location, building materials and color. A variety of shed styles can be installed with board of trustees approval. Olmsted Township requires permits prior to installation of sheds. Send a topographical sketch of your building plans and a picture of your proposed building to the board of trustees.

Guidelines for newly installed buildings:

  • Sheds, gazebos or out buildings must be built on concrete slabs or one inch limestone, setting on treated 4x4's.
  • All sheds, gazebos or out buildings must be anchored with 4 or more approved anchors during installation.
  • Sheds, gazebos or out buildings maximum size is 12 feet by 16 feet, and must not exceed 13 feet in peak height. The maximum size is the floor and ceiling coverage space. Designs with a small porch area must be within the 12 x 16 floor space. Olmsted Township requirements limit your shed to 1% of your total lot size, which may reduce your shed size even further.
  • Sheds, gazebos or other out buildings must be painted, stained or sided to coordinate with your house colors.
  • Sheds must be located a minimum of 5 feet from your property line in the back yard, along the rear property line. Gazebos, saunas and other buildings can be installed closer to the house with prior board of trustees approval.
  • If you are adding electric lighting or power to your shed or out building, you must build the structure to meet or exceed the Olmsted Township specifications and be approved during the building process of your structure. Minimum depth of buried wire running to the structure must be shown to the Olmsted Township building inspectors. Windows and skylights are recommended to reduce cost and fire risks.

Decks / Patios: All replacement and newly constructed decks and patios must have board of trustees approval prior to installation. Send a topographical sketch of your deck / patio plans and a picture of your proposed decking design to the board of trustees.

Guidelines for decks and patios.

  • All plans must have prior approval of design, size, location, building materials and color.
  • Plans must also be approved by the Olmsted Township building department.

Swimming Pools: All replacement and new pools must have board of trustees approval prior to installation. Send a topographical sketch of your swimming pool plans and a picture of your proposed pool to the board of trustees.

Guidelines for pools.

  • Swimming pools can be either in-ground or above-ground pools.
  • All swimming pools must meet state and Olmsted Township minimum safety guidelines at all times. This includes 5 foot fencing requirements around the yard or pool itself.
  • All swimming pools must be a minimum of 5-6 feet from your property line, and have approved electrical installation for the pumps, filters and heaters.
  • All swimming pools must be properly maintained, safe and functional. Any swimming pools which are not maintained must be corrected or removed within a reasonable period of time. Any pools which become eye sores and / or health hazards must be corrected immediately at the homeowners expense.

Driveway Extensions / Sidewalks: All add-on driveway extensions and sidewalks must be pre-approved prior to installation. Send a topographical sketch of your project plans to the board of trustees. Any driveway extensions which expand over an existing sidewalk will require the removal and replacement of that sidewalk section (now part of the new driveway extension) due to weight of vehicles on your new driveway.