ARC/Home Improvement Application

All homeowners must submit an HOA Architectual (ARC) application (Property Improvement Application) and have it approved BEFORE any re-modeling, demolition, or installation work can begin.


DO NOT dispose of construction debris in our dumpsters!  Renovation debris such as toilets, cabinets, sinks, drywall, wood MUST NOT be disposed in our trash & recycling dumpsters.  This violates our HOA rules and is subject to a fine.

Instead homeowners may rent a temporary dumpster from Waste Management. Go here to learn more


An ARC application is required for the following:

  • Replacements or upgrades to garage doors, windows, exterior doors, patio sliders, and screen doors **
  • Bathroom and kitchen remodeling
  • Changes, removals, or additions to electrical, plumbing, or gas lines
  • Any structural changes, such as removing or adding walls, drop ceilings, support posts and beams
  • Adding or replacing an A/C unit or HVAC
  • Installing an electrical vehicle charging station (EVCS)
  • Adding or replacing a skylight
  • Adding or replacing a fixed sun shade or awning
  • Adding solar panels ***
  • Adding or replacing exterior lighting
  • Replacing or adding an exterior patio entry door or gate
  • Electrical panel upgrades
  • Adding, replacing, or removing exterior tile or brick pavers in patios, balconies, driveways, and walkways
  • Changing or adding outside hardscape or water features
  • New tile or wood flooring if it is a second- or third-level condo unit (townhomes and ground-level condos do not require an ARC application for new flooring)
  • Any other structural modifications or additions, including geotechnical

** The outside frame color for windows, patio sliders, and screen doors must be dark bronze (dark brown) from the manufacturerDO NOT order white or other frame color for windows, patio sliders, or screen doors, and then paint the frames dark brown!  Garage doors must be painted to match our HOA paint color for garage doors - see Approved Paint Colors under HOA Documents.

*** Installing a solar panel requires additional information & forms, including insurance, drawings, a solar site survey (for stack units), and a signed indemity agreement.  Please read our HOA Solar Panel Rules document


An ARC application is NOT required for cosmetic interior changes such as painting or wallpapering; adding or replacing moldings or baseboards; installing or replacing carpeting; replacing bedroom, closet, or bathroom doors; or adding or replacing carpeting.  Installing interior tile or wood flooring also does not require an ARC application for townhomes and ground-level stack condos.

Earthquake straps required for hot water heaters:  The State of California requires that all water heaters must be strapped for earthquakes by adding a strap in at least two locations; the upper one-third of the unit and the lower one-third. Both straps must the attached to studs in the wall. Visit www.earthquakecountry.org/step1/waterheater for more info.


City of Irvine Building Permits and Inspections Also Required

Almost all of the above items require a city of Irvine building permit and pass inspection, which is required for final approval of your ARC application.  Homeowners who skip applying for required permits and inspections may see their renovation project delayed, or even halted by the city of Irvine building inspector. ☹.

Homeowners (or their contractor, electrician, or plumber) may apply for the appropriate city permits and inspections by visiting the city of Irvine's Building & Safety webpage:


NOTE:  Please work with an experienced & licensed contractor, plumber, and/or electrician to ensure proper building permits and inspections are obtained.  Don't "go cheap" and hire an inexperienced or unlicensed handyman, contractor, plumber, or electrician and skip obtaining permits & inspections -- which usually ends up costing you more money in the end!


Need more reasons why you should get city permits?

Bypassing permits for your remodeling project may affect your home insurance, resale value, and your ability to refinance your mortgage.  Read "What Happens if You Get Caught Remodeling without a Permit".

How to Submit an ARC Application for Approval

Be sure to complete ALL required sections of our HOA's Property Improvement (ARC) application before submitting it, including obtaining the neighboring homeowner signatures and attaching relevant drawings & measurements and manufacturer spec sheets.

Once you complete the ARC application, submit it by email or mail to:

  • Community Design and Review
    FirstService Residential
    15241 Laguna Canyon Rd. | Irvine, CA 92618
    [email protected]
     
Tip:  The more details you provide with your application, the faster your application will be reviewed by the Architectural Committee.  Missing details, manufacturer product specifications, drawings and/or measurements, or an incomplete application including missing neighboring homeowner signatures will prevent the committee from completing its review of your application and delay its approval.


Please allow up to 30 days for your application to be processed and reviewed by our HOA's Architectual Committee.  Once the committee reviews your application, you will review a notice either by email or letter on whether your application was approved or denied.  If it was denied, further details will be included.

If after 30 days, you have not received status on your ARC application, you may email FirstService at [email protected] to obtain a status.