Architectural Control Committee

The Architectural Control Committee, as provided for in the Covenants for homes inMcLean Hamlet, is responsible for maintaining high standards for design, development and maintenance of houses and lots. When an Owner wishes to construct or remodel the exterior of a house, an application must be made to the Committee using this form. The information will provide the Committee with the information necessary to review the proposed construction for compliance with requirements of the Covenants. Applications must be submitted to the Committee at least 30 days prior to the anticipated start date.

In the Fairfax County land records, McLean Hamlet is divided into six sections, with separate Covenants for each. Click here for Covenants.

The most common of the covenants states that "no building shall be erected … or altered on any lot until the construction plans and specifications have been approved by the Architectural Control Committee as to quality of workmanship and materials, harmony of external design with existing structures and as to location with respect to topography and finish grade elevation."

If you are contemplating a change to the exterior of your home, the Covenants require approval from the ACC. It would be most unfortunate if your planned change had to be interrupted or stopped because of your failure to adhere to this legal requirement.

Your ACC is a reasonable group, but we do take the enforcement of the Covenants seriously, including legal action to secure enforcement if necessary and appropriate.

The desirability and continued strength of our Hamlet neighborhood depends greatly on the cohesiveness of the community which is reflected, in large part, by the harmonious look and feel of the neighborhood. While the covenants are certainly not intended to inhibit improvements, upgrades and expansions (even tear-downs), they are unambiguously directed to the preservation of a sense of communal identity.

To maximize the attractiveness of our beautiful community, we ask that you take a close look at your property. Compare it with the other Hamlet homes and see if it measures up in neatness and overall appearance. Please use the following in the evaluation of your property:

  • Is any paint peeling or badly faded, or is a paint job incomplete?
  • Is the lawn mowed and edged regularly, and are trees and landscape shrubs neatly pruned?
  • For public sidewalks, is there at least 8 feet of vertical clearance beneath overhead tree limbs or foliage (especially when wet), and are hedges or shrubs pruned so that walkers are unimpeded?
  • Are grass/weeds growing over the curb, in sidewalk seams or in the street gutters?
  • Is the mailbox in good condition? Does it need paint, and is the post sturdy?
  • Is my fence in good repair?
  • Is my house address displayed prominently so it is readily visible from the street? This is an important safety item that will help emergency response personnel locate your home.
  • Are trashcans stored so they aren’t visible from the street or from a neighbor’s home?
  • Are trashcans/recycling bins left at the curb longer than overnight? Are empty containers promptly returned to their storage place?

The ACC also addresses conditions involving safety. Occasionally we find dangerously low-hanging foliage or tree limbs over a public sidewalk that could cause walkers or joggers to detour into the street. The same is true of overgrown bushes or hedges that invade a public sidewalk.