Construction Guidelines

Click here to view updated construction guidelines in PDF format concerning basements and their maximum size.


The neighborhood consists primarily of one or two story single-family dwellings with a private garage or carport, each on a level pad. No home is or may be built on caissons or “stilts.”  The Board has not supported lot-splits and homes that are disproportionate to the existing pad. Because of the significant construction activity of new homes, approval of new pools and outbuildings may need to be staged to minimize congestion.

Height Limitations and Setbacks are strictly enforced.  Each lot has a specified height limit and setback.  Variances require consent of 80% of homeowners including non-adjacent homeowners.  The height limitation is based on 6” below the original pad at the center of the home.  A retaining wall must not exceed 12’ above existing grade (and no two retaining walls separated by 3’ may exceed 10’ each above existing grade). Gates, walls and fences require written approval of the Architectural Committee.

Air-conditioning, HVAC units, ducts and other objects are not allowed on rooftops. Rooftops and roofing materials within any view line should be aesthetically pleasing. To ensure privacy and preserve views consistent with height restrictions, roof decks and other rooftop structures have not been approved.

Trees should be regularly maintained, pruned and trimmed so as not to substantially interfere with neighbors’ views.   Tree removal should be minimized for any new construction project to preserve the character of the neighborhood. Damage to sidewalks from tree roots is the homeowner’s responsibility and should be repaired promptly.  Neighboring trees must not be removed without the neighbors’ consent.

Landscaping plans should be submitted at the time of any new construction or material alterations.   Plants and trees that are reasonably expected to interfere with neighbors’ views in the future will generally not be approved.

All gates, walls and fences within the setback areas are limited to 30” (except with prior written approval of the Architectural Committee). No gates or walls may be above 6’.  Spas, pools and equipment should be located and screened to minimize noise and visual impact on adjacent property owners. Outbuildings, fences and gates should be made of high quality materials and generally match the house.  Chain-link fences will not be permitted (except during construction).

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.  Two complete sets of preliminary working plans must be submitted to the Architectural Committee (One digital set in PDF), together with a check for $100 (and the balance of any unpaid homeowners dues and assessments) made payable to “Sunset Doheny Homes Association”.   The Architectural Committee will respond within 30 days.  Final Plans must include complete mechanical plans, detailed roof plans, exterior finishes, materials, colors, heights, setbacks and elevations and all permits.  Final written approval will be obtained only following receipt of a complete set of final plans and permits.  No project may be constructed without prior written approval.  Plans and a new fee must be resubmitted following any rejection or following a prior approval if construction has not been commenced within (or has been inactive for) 6 months.  A homeowner may appear before the full Board to review any denial of construction plans.  Any changes during construction must also be submitted for approval.  Upon completion, a copy of any Certificate of Completion must be submitted to the Association.

Neighbors’ Objections will be considered.    Adjoining property owners should be consulted prior to submission of plans.  Neighbor’s consent is generally not required, but a neighbor’s objections will be taken into account in considering final plans for approval.  The Architectural Committee may show the plans to neighbors. Homeowners are encouraged to resolve construction-related issues with their neighbors.

Construction trailers, materials and Port-o-Sans should be stored onsite. Consistent with the CC&Rs, overnight street parking is not permitted.  During construction or renovation, trailers, materials and port-o-san should be stored on the lot (behind a fence) rather than on the street.  Under no circumstances should they be in front of neighboring properties.  The construction site should be properly fenced and the frontage should be free of debris and materials.  Posted notices should be limited in size per the CC&Rs.

A timetable for the construction project should be submitted and agreed prior to approval.   Approvals for construction that will take longer than 6 months to complete may be staged based on other approved projects to reduce the total number of active projects on one street at one time.

A homeowner seeking approval agrees that the CC&Rs regulate the construction and the lot.  Any prior unresolved violations or issues (including neighbors’ complaints) must be resolved prior to submission of new plans.  Construction must be strictly in compliance with the approved plans. The Architectural Committee and the Board may enter the site from time to time following notice to the homeowner to ensure compliance with approved plans and the CC&Rs