Architectural Criteria



Board-approved specifications and conditions for installation of various external home improvements, such as front doors, windows, trellises, solar panels, alarms and skylights are available. Copies are available at the office or on the website. Do not sign a contract, purchase materials or schedule installation until you have submitted an application and received approval from the Board.

It is recommended, though not mandatory, that applicants attend meetings of the Architectural Review Committee and of the Board when their applications are being considered. For routine requests, approval may take only a month or so. If you request a variance, or if you want the Board to change the criteria, it may take much longer.

The Association is not responsible for any damage caused to your home, to a neighbor’s home, or to the common area resulting from improvements to your home. You are responsible for ensuring that your contractors comply with Nepenthe criteria. The Association may require the removal of anything installed without Board approval or in violation of the criteria, especially if neighbors object, if it creates a safety hazard, or if it interferes with maintenance of the building. This includes improvements made by previous owners. When you purchase the house you become responsible for all prior improvements, whether made with or without Board approval.

Retain records of all Board approvals. It is your responsibility to document any claim that an improvement or variance was approved by the Board.

  • Satellite Dishes

    Satellite dishes are owned and maintained by the homeowner. May be installed or replaced only with Board approval. May be no larger than one meter in diameter. Must be placed in the least conspicuous location on the residence at which an acceptable quality signal can be received. Cables must be ...

  • Roofs

    Homeowners own their roofs but have turned responsibility for maintenance and replacement over to the Association. Nothing can be put on a roof or penetrate a roof without Board approval. Roofs are cleaned at least once every autumn, after most of the leaves have fallen. If you see a problem ...

  • Power Vents

    Power vents are owned and maintained by the homeowner. May be installed or replaced only with Board approval. See the office or click here for criteria and application forms.

  • Paint

    All exterior paint is the responsibility of the Association, except for front doors and metal roll-up garage doors. The color scheme for all buildings is determined by the Board of Directors. New siding or trim installed by homeowners (always with prior Board approval) must be painted the same color as ...

  • Mail Slots and Mailboxes

    Mail slots are owned and maintained by the homeowner. May be installed only in a garage wall and with prior approval of the Board. Anyone may install a mail slot, but in parts of Nepenthe the U.S. Postal Service will deliver only to regulation mailboxes mounted on posts. Contact the ...

  • Home Maintenance

    COBWEBS

    It is the owners’ responsibility to remove cobwebs from the exteriors of their homes.

    PEST CONTROL

    Homeowners are responsible for pest control in and around their homes. Baiting for ants, snails, etc. is permitted in the common area immediately adjacent to your home. A professional pest control service ...

  • Home Improvements

    Homeowners are not required to obtain Board approval for interior modifications, but are required to obtain Board approval for exterior modifications. This includes anything that goes on the roof, even if it cannot be seen from the ground or a neighboring residence. The homeowner is responsible for their contractors, movers ...

  • Holiday Decorations

    Members may place seasonal holiday decorations on the immediate front entrance, garage door surrounds, gutters, alley ways, including shrubs, bushes, and trees immediately adjoining a Member’s property to a maximum height of fifteen feet. By doing so, Member assumes all responsibility for any damage caused by Holiday Decorations to the ...

  • Gutters

    Gutters are installed and maintained by the Association. Gutters are cleaned at least annually after most of the leaves have fallen. For the rest of the year, owners are responsible for keeping their gutters clear so that they function properly. Overflowing gutters cause damage to the siding and may cause ...

  • Gates

    Gates in exterior patio fences are maintained by the Association. This includes hinges and latches. Locks and keys are owned and maintained by the homeowner. Call the office at (916) 929-8380 or utilize the easy-to-fill out form found here if you have a problem with your gate.

  • Garages

    Garage doors are owned by homeowners, who are responsible for their maintenance and replacement. The only exception is that wood siding on tilt-up doors is maintained by the Association. Board approval is required for the installation of new garage doors. Passage doors into patios must be “in the prevailing style.” ...

  • Fences

    Exterior patio fences are maintained by the Association and may not be moved or otherwise altered without Board approval. Secondary fences inside patios are the responsibility of the homeowner. Residents are advised to put locks on their patio gates to discourage thieves and other criminals. Locks are the responsibility of ...

  • Doors

    Doors are owned and maintained by the homeowner, except for wood siding on original tilt-up garage doors, which is maintained by the Association. Doors, including screen doors, may be installed or replaced only with Board approval. Click here for criteria and application forms. Designs and color choices for ...

  • Chimneys

    Homeowners are responsible for cleaning and maintenance of their chimneys. Chimney caps may be installed or replaced only with Board approval. Click here for criteria and application forms.

  • Attic Fans

    Attic fans are owned and maintained by the homeowner. They may be installed or replaced only with Board approval. Click here for criteria and application forms.

  • Alarm Systems

    Alarm systems are owned and maintained by the homeowner. A permit, renewable every three years, is required by the City of Sacramento. A fee is charged if police respond to a false alarm. Go to sacpd.org for more information. Nepenthe does not respond to tripped alarms. In ...

  • Air conditioners

    Air conditioners are owned and maintained by the homeowner. Exterior components may not be moved or replaced without approval of the Board. Please click here for criteria and application forms. Units should be serviced periodically, and filters should be cleaned or replaced.

  • Address Plaques

    Address plaques are owned and maintained by the Association. They may not be removed or replaced by homeowners. If you see a problem with an address plaque, call the office at (916) 929-8380 or utilize the easy-to-fill out form found here.