ARB Design & Construction Guidelines-Changes for 2023

The ARB’s new Design & Construction Guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2022 to make projects more understandable and approachable by both homeowners and professionals. At that time, the ARB committed to a 9-month review. As a result of this review and feedback from stakeholders, the ARB recommended some amendments for Board consideration. At last week’s Board meeting, the Board approved four amendments to the ARB Design & Construction Guidelines.

These amendments include:

  • Language to bring fire pits into alignment with the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Fire Rescue recreational fire regulations
  • Color staining/painting driveways will also be treated as painting a home where a paint application must be submitted, and a sample provided.
  • Require digital color image of a new build or significant remodel at the start of the project so that the final product is very clear from the beginning of the approval process.
  • Should a homeowner wish to conduct any major renovations or additions to their existing, non-compliant property, a variance request must be submitted for the future work to be approved by the ARB.
Additionally, the following ARB applications have been updated:

If you have any questions about these changes or the ARB Design & Construction Guidelines, please contact Monica Stites, Community Services Manager, at