Purpose of the Guidelines
The Design Guidelines set basic requirements that support the aims of the Covenants. The Guidelines promote a harmonious community aesthetic and a conservation consciousness, and, more practically, a uniform review process for obtaining approval of the Architectural Review Committee.
If these Guidelines are adhered to in a specific set of plans, a harmonious community aesthetic will be captured even though individual tastes, lifestyle needs and the specific needs/traits encouraged by the Bald Head Island environment prevail in other elements of the plans. This document also strives to promote clear expectations and comprehension of the design requirements for members entering the building process, as well as greater opportunities for objectivity and consistency (therefore fairness) on the part of fellow members who have agreed to review building plans.
The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has the crucial charge of reviewing home plans and administering the Design Guidelines, with numerous reviews handled each year for home plans, landscaping and renovation-related submittals.
- Complete Architectural Review Design Guidelines 26th Edition
- BHA's Design Guidelines Plant List (learn what plants are native to BHI, native to NC, non-native and invasive)
- Review Fees
BHA’s Design Guidelines Draft Changes for 2024
BHA’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC) members and staff have finalized proposed changes to the Design Guidelines and have presented the draft version with changes to the Board at its regular meeting on October 12, 2023. Click HERE to read the draft revision of proposed changes . Members were asked to review the changes and email questions and comments by Thursday, October 26, 2023, to Chris Howard at Chris@BaldHeadAssociation.com . ARC will present the final proposed changes to the Board at its November 9th meeting for approval. Once approved, the revised, 27th edition of the Design Guidelines will be effective for submittals reviewed in January 2024.
For tree trimming/removal requests, email Trees@BaldHeadAssociation.com. In the email, include an explanation of the tree request description and photos. Please identify the trees to be considered for removal/trimming by marking with high-visibility flagging tape/ribbon. Our goal is to provide a decision to property owners in approximately one week.
BHA's Video Shorts Series highlights "ARC — What You Can Trim without ARC Prior Approval."
Introducing new and improved ARC online applications
Click HERE for answers to FAQs about new ARC online applications. For any questions, contact Chris Howard, ARC Administrative Assistant, at 910-457-4676, ext. 23.
Click HERE for a brief video to learn the basic navigation of ARC online applications — only 4 minutes.
- New Construction
- Major Renovation
- Minor Renovation/Change
- Roof Color
- Plant Material Change
- Property Owner's Agreement (PDF form — notarized, original signature is required)
BHA Architectural Review Committee questions:
Fran Pagliaro 910-457-4676 Ext. 22 or
The Covenants for Bald Head Association can be found at:
Bald Head Association Covenants
The Harbour Architectural Review Board questions:
Kimberly Bandera, contact for the Harbour Association Architectural Review Board, 910-457-4676 Ext. 29 (office)/ Email
Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. Click HERE for the 2023 meeting schedule.
Construction Deposit Agreement
New Construction Application
Covenants (hover cursor over "Harbour Association of Bald Head Island" to select)
Middle Island Architectural Review Committee questions:
Contact and submittals: Kimberly Bandera, Agent for Middle Island POA Architectural Review Committee, 910-457-4676 Ext. 29 (office) / Email
Monthly meetings are held the last Friday of the month, except for holidays; submissions are due two weeks prior to meeting. Click HERE for the 2023 meeting schedule.
Middle Island POA Website
Village of Bald Head
Building Inspector: Stephen Boyett 910-457-9700 Ext. 1004
*Note that the below PDF forms have been replaced with new ARC online applications (see above). If you are starting a new ARC application, please use the new application links above.
ARC Application PDF Forms — Fill out online, save and email completed forms to ARC1@baldheadassociation.com. For any questions, contact Chris Howard, ARC Administrative Assistant, at 910-457-4676, ext. 23.
- New Construction (original signature and new construction deposit are required)
- Major Renovation (new work on existing home or design changes during construction; must include required drawings to scale; major renovation fee is required)
- Minor Renovation/Change (new work on existing home or design changes during construction; decorative item/other review can be submitted on this form; minor renovation fee is required)
- Paint/Color (manufacturer paint chips required with application; paint/color fee is required)
- Roof Color (manufacturer roofing sample required with application)
- Plant Material Change