Pine Ridge  Frequently Asked Questions

 

Have you been wondering about the rules and regulations in our Neighborhood? We have organized the following FAQ into one place to try to answer all those questions!

The FAQ’s are broken into the following sections (Click below to scroll to a section)

About my Property

What is considered front yard on my property?

Answer:

On a rectangular lot, anything that is from the rear line of the home and forward.

On a corner lot, on the interior side, anything from the rear corner of the home forward and around to the front. On the street side anything from the back line of the home parallel to the back lot line and around to the street front.

Other Notes

Diagrams are available within the deed restriction document under section 2.02 D6

The placement of the home does matter, diagrams are available within the deed restriction document.

Deed Restriction Section

2.02 D 6

 

 

May I clear cut my lot?

Answer:

No, you may not clear cut your lot.

You must submit an environmental plan before any land clearing begins. You are required to keep 30 trees per acre with some stipulations

Other Notes:

Please verify with the county, in the past it is 15 trees per acre, which would equate to 30 per acre. The size requirement again, check with the county.

Citrus County Tree Preservation Guidelines

Deed Restriction 1.01 B

Deed Restriction Section

1.01 B

 

Can I stay in my Motorhome, or Travel Trailer on my property while they are building our new home?

Answer:

No, unfortunately this is not allowed per county Regulations

https://www.citrusbocc.com/departments/growth_management/code_compliance/index.php

“No special permit is required to occupy or use a recreational vehicle on improved residential property, however use of an RV in this manner is limited to 14 days.”

Deed Restriction Section

4.02

4.08

 

Burn Pit Rules

Answer:

Burning may not be done in the front yard, and this is in your restrictions.

Your front yard on a square lot is from the rear corners of the home to the front line of the property and on a corner lot, the line is drawn  from the interior lot line side rear corner of the home all the way around to the rear lot line even with the rear corner of the home on the street front side.

Therefore, on a corner lot you have less back yard. Yes, you may have a burn pit as long as it is not in the front yard.

Also, please be mindful of the Citrus County, and State of Florida regulations, follow all alerts on burn bans, weahter conditions and regulations.

Deed Restriction 6.01

How do I get a Pothole Fixed on my Road

Answer:

The Roads Committee has listed and documented who to contact and the process to get potholes fixed.

Please check the Roads Committee website for the information

What are my setbacks on a rectangular lot?

Answer:

Setbacks are 40′ from the front and 25′ from the sides and back lot lines.

Deed Restriction Section

1.01 Section 2 D

 

What are my setbacks on a corner lot?

Answer:

Setbacks are 40′ from each street, and 25′ from the interior and back lot line.

Deed Restriction Section

1.01 Section D

 

May I combine my lots? If so, will I only have one lot payment?

Answer:

Yes, you may combine your lots with the county. But since the lot or lots remains platted within the subdivision they remain platted as individual and must be paid as such.

Other Notes:

If improvements on combined lots are made, and then if they ceased to be combined, then the deed restrictions must be in compliance; including setbacks and any structures placed.

Deed Restriction Section

2.03

 

Are Chickens Allowed on Property?

Answer:

No – Animals other than dogs, cats and Equines are not permitted outside the Main or Accessory Structures

4.05

 

Pools

Do I have to submit an application for a pool and the enclosure?

Answer:

Yes, both pool and style of enclosure must be submitted for review.

 

Other Notes

Site plan, pool drawing, enclosure drawing, if fence, then style must be submitted with the application.

Make sure that the Lanai structure is 25′ or more from the property Line

 

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application for Approval Instructions – Pools

3.02 Section 7

 

Fences and Gates

May I add no climb wire to my fence or electric hot wire?

Answer:

Yes, no climb wire may be added behind the wood rails. Electric hot wire fence is permitted. Check county requirements

Deed Restriction Section

2.02 Section D 1

 

 

Do I need to apply for decorative walls or columns?

Answer:

Yes, submit a site plan, style of wall or column and placment, drawings or photo.

Other Notes:

Check County for permitting requirements.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application for Approval Instructions – Fences

2.02

 

Do I need to submit application for placement of a fence?
  • Answer:

Yes, all styles of fencing and gates need application.

 

Other Notes

Site plan depicting the type of fence and placement along with gates. No county permit needed.

 

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application for Approval Instructions – Fences

2.02

 

What type of fence may I have in the front yard?

Answer:

Post and board or post and rail only. No higher than 54″. Board placement requirements: Boards on outside of posts up to front line of home.

Other Notes

To understand where your front yard is see the FAQ about Front Yards or Section 2.02 E

 

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application for Approval Instructions – Fences

2.02

 

What type of fence may I have in the back yard?

Answer:

  • Vinyl,
  • Composite,
  • Metal (unfinished galvanized metal is not permitted),
  • Wood,
  • masonry
  • chain link

Other Notes

No county permit needed.

 

Deed Restriction Section

 

 

ADC Application for Approval Instructions – Fences

2.02 Section D

 

Do I need to show my gate style?

Answer:

Yes, when submitting for a fence, gates should accompany the application.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application for Approval Instructions – Fences

2.02 Section D

 

Sheds and Accessory Structures

May I build an accessory structure on my property and where may I place it?

Answer:

Yes, placement depends on square footage. Please review Section 3.02 for sizing and placement rules and/or review the ADC Application for Approval Instructions – Accessory Structures which breaks it down as well.

 

Other Notes

Application, site plan showing placement and setbacks, as well as building plans must be submitted for review. County permit is required.

 

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application for Approval Instructions

3.02

 

May I build a utility screen to cover my trash cans, a/c, and pool equipment?

Answer:

Yes, it is encouraged to conceal those items from public view.

The maximum height may be 6′ with no more than one panel in the front and a total of 20 linear feet and the longest dimension parallel to the home. With one side open.

Other Notes:

The shape of a screening would be an upside down L. This screening must be maintained, kept clean and in good repair. Please submit an application for approval.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application Approval Instructions – Fencing

4.01D-F

Where may I place my shed?

Answer:

A Shed is allowed up to 420 Sq Feet behind the back line of the home. There is a limit to how many sheds based on acreage in section 3.02A

25 Feet off either side and back of the property

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

3.02 Section D

What do I need to apply for a shed?

Answer:

Yes,

See Instructions Here – ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

  • Site plan detailing placement and setbacks from the unit
  • Photo or drawing of the unit,
  • Application with size, and color details.

 

Other Notes:

The County will require permit. However, wait until approved as they often ask for HOA proof of approval.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

3.02 Section D

If I have and existing accessory structure that is grandfathered in. i.e. it exceeds 1,200 square feet and is before the rear line of the structure, may I add to it?

Answer:

No, if the structure is already grandfathered in, it may not be altered to be increased in size.

 

Other Notes:

Depending on the size of your property you may have an option to build a separate structure.

Deed Restriction Section

3.02 Accessory Structures

3.02 Grandfathering

ADC Approval Instructions – Accessory Structures

Do I have to apply for a shed and what size shed may I have?

Answer:

Yes, 420 Square feet.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

3.02 Section D

What do I need to apply for a shedport or metal canopy structure?

Answer:

See ADC Approval Instructions RV Ports, Shed Ports and Porticos

  • Site plan detailing placement and setbacks from the unit,
  • Photo or drawing of the unit,
  • Application with size, and color details.

Other Notes:

All Shedports or metal canopies must be behind the back line of the home. The shed part of the port must be no larger than 420 square feet.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions RV Ports, Shed Ports and Porticos

3.02

How many accessory structures may I place on my property?

Answer:

The number and aggregate size of Accessory Structures, including but not limited to, Detached Garages, Detached Carports, Barns, Metal Buildings, sheds, Gazebos, Pergola, greenhouses, Detached pools, Sports Courts, etc., shall be limited to the following restrictions:

  • Lots 2 acres or less in size shall be limited to 2 Accessory Structures with a total area of no more than 2,000 square feet.
  • Lots greater than 2 acres and less than or equal to 3 acres in size shall be limited to 3 Accessory Structures with a total area of no more than 3,500 square feet.
  • Lots greater than 3 acres and less than or equal to 5 acres in size shall be limited to 4 Accessory Structures with a total area of no more than 5,000 square feet.
  • Lots greater than 5 acres in size shall be limited to 5 Accessory Structures with a total area of no more than 7,000 square feet.
  • One ADC Approved shed with a footprint up to 420 square feet footprint will not count against square footage and allowable number of Accessory Structures listed in 1 through 4 above. This shed is only permitted behind the Rear Line of the Main Structure

 

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Accessory Structures

ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

ADC Approval Instructions – RV Port, Shed Port, Car Port or Barns

3.02 Section A

May I disturb the land and leave it? (When building a structure)

Answer:

No, if you alter any part of the land by building or placing a structure, you must place plants, grass, sod, mulch or ground cover, those areas disturbed within 90 days of the disturbance.

Other Notes:

Areas of erosion must be covered immediately.

Deed Restriction Section

4.09

Do I have to apply to place a slab on my property

Answer:

No. However, if you are placing a slab and want it to be considered for a future build of an item i.e. a carport there are certain considerations that you will need to make.

Other Notes:

For that area to be considered for a future build on an item i.e. a carport there are certain considerations that you will need to make. Note: must be beyond back line of home with setback of 25ft off rectangular lot line rear and side and 40 ft off corner street front side and 25 ft off rear line or if considering building an accessory structure on the same, it must not exceed the 1,200 square feet rule if before the back line of the home.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Accessory Structures

ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

ADC Approval Instructions – RV Port, Shed Port, Car Port or Barns

1.01 and 3.02 apply

Building a new Home

May I clear cut my lot?

Answer:

No, you may not clear cut your lot.

You must submit an environmental plan before any land clearing begins. 

See Section 1.01B

B. Tree Preservation and Lot Development
It is the intent that as many trees as possible be left on the property while allowing the homeowner maximum flexibility in the use of the property. Further, to provide new property owners a tool to document and mandate to the builder, via the tree preservation, the property owners’ vision for tree preservation.

1. Requirements for New Main Structure Construction

a. Prior to the commencement of clearing, a tree preservation/clearing/replacement plan must be presented by the owner or his/her agent to the ADC for approval, along with the county clearing permit. Said plan will show trees to remain and trees to be added, including their type, diameter, height, and location. Trees to be preserved shall be clearly marked on the lot and documented on the plan prior to clearing work.

b. A minimum of 30 mature trees of 6 inch or greater diameter as measured from 4 feet above grade will be maintained, per whole acre of property. For Lots greater than one acre and legally combined as one Lot, the required trees may be distributed on any portion of the Lot. For example, all of the 90 trees required on a three-acre Lot may have all these trees on one of the three acres. This will facilitate the efficient use of property for pastures.   If a Lot has less than 30 mature trees, the planting of additional trees will not be required. It is suggested, but not required, that preservation of existing trees be focused on the perimeter of the Lot. If existing trees interfere with the planned placement of the Main Structure or Accessory Structures, their removal will be permitted even if it results in a per acre tree count below 30.

c. Lots shall not be cleared before being inspected by a licensed environmental consultant, certified inspector, or certified builder to ensure that there are no species of animals present that are protected by State or Federal Laws. Said certification must be submitted to the ADC with the construction application.

d. Within ninety (90) days of issuance of a County Certificate of Occupancy or final permit, all surface areas disturbed by construction activity shall be landscaped with plantings, grass, trees, bushes, sod, mulch, or smooth decorative landscaping stones except in areas where equines will be stabled.

2. Requirements for Subsequent owner(s) of Developed Properties

If a minimum of 30 mature trees (6 inch or greater diameter as measured from 4 feet above grade per whole acre of developed property) exists after the change of ownership, they shall remain unless a tree or trees present a danger to an existing structure or if additional construction is undertaken following an approved ADC application.

a. If existing trees interfere with the planned placement of Accessory Structures, their removal will be permitted even if it results in a per acre tree count below 30

b. If a Lot has less than 30 mature trees, the planting of additional trees will not be required.Replacement trees may be any level of maturity.

Other Notes:

These are also the Citrus County guidelines on tree-preservation-guidelines

Deed Restriction Section

1.01 B

4.12

What size home may I build?

Answer:

The minimum requirement is  1,800 square feet under air.

From Deed Restrictions 3.01

No Main Structure on any Lot shall be constructed that is less than eighteen hundred (1800) square feet of living area under conditioned air. No two-story Main Structure on any Lot shall have a ground floor living area under conditioned air of less than (1200) square feet. A Main Structure shall incorporate as a minimum a 2-car Attached Garage which shall not count toward the square footage calculation whether it is under conditioned air not.

 

Other Notes:

For maximum square footage check with the county on their requirements.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Application Approval Instructions – New Homes

Deed Restrictions 3.01

 

What do I need to submit for a new home build?

Answer:

Please see specific Instructions on the ADC Approval Instructions – New Homes 

Other Notes:

Important items on plan:

  • Fascia size 5 1/2 or greater.
  • Overhang 12″ or greater a
  • Roof pitch 5/12 or greater.
  • Must show all set backs,
  • Home must be set off street front at least 40′.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – New Homes 

Deed Restriction 3.01

Deed Restriction 1.01

 

Can I stay in my Motorhome, Travel Trailer on my property while they are building our new home?

Answer:

No, unfortunately this is not allowed per county Regulations

https://www.citrusbocc.com/departments/growth_management/code_compliance/index.php

“No special permit is required to occupy or use a recreational vehicle on improved residential property, however use of an RV in this manner is limited to 14 days.”

Deed Restriction Section

4.02

4.08

 

Do I have to apply to place a slab on my property

Answer:

No. However, if you are placing a slab and want it to be considered for a future build for an item i.e. a carport there are certain considerations that you will need to make

 

Other Notes:

ant it to be considered for a future build for an item i.e. a carport there are certain considerations that you will need to make. Note: must be beyond back line of home with setback of 25ft off rectangular lot line rear and side and 40 ft off corner street front side and 25 ft off rear line or if considering building an accessory structure on the same, it must not exceed the 1,200 square feet rule if before the back line of the home.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Accessory Structures

ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

ADC Approval Instructions – RV Port, Shed Port, Car Port or Barns

1.01 and 3.02 apply

Renting and Leasing

May I lease my property?

Answer:

Yes, you must submit a Nationwide criminal background check for each adult occupant, a copy of the lease and the application acknowledgement of responsibility by each the owner and prospective tenant. Please review Section 2.04 around specific requirements of tenants leases

Other Notes:

Pine Ridge office has certified background screening company for a fee of $60 each applicant. For more data on this contact the office.

Deed Restriction Section

2.04

 

May I rent rooms in my home.

Answer:

No, you may only rent your home for 12 months at a time and for not less than 3 months, but you are limited to no more than two rentals per year.

Other Notes:

Please review section 2.04 regarding leasing rules and section 1.02 about leasing restrictions

Deed Restriction Section

2.04

 

Changes/Upgrades to your home

Do I have to follow certain paint colors for my home?

Answer:

Yes, the paint colors are listed on the website, the original book and the additional Colors book.

Please be aware of the direction for placement of colors. If you like a color but it is to bright, you may select a color within that color scheme that is lighter.

There are rules for

  • Main Color of the house and accessory structions
  • Trim
  • Garage
  • Front Door

Other Notes:

All paint must be flat or satin finish

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – New Homes

ADC Approval Instructions – Repaint

3.01B

 

Do I need to apply for a reroof?

Answer:

Yes, the roof color and styles are on the website under documents

Please submit an owner application along with the type of material and color.

The following are the ADC detailed instructions for a reroof

Deed Restriction Section

ADC detailed instructions for a reroof

3.01D

4.09 C2

 

Do I need to apply for solar panels being installed on my home or in my yard?

Answer:

No but you must turn in a application along with your approved county permit. 

See ADC Approval Instructions – SOLAR

Other Notes:

County permit is required.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – SOLAR

3.02 Section D 12

Do I need to apply to place a new driveway?

Answer:

No, a driveway does not require ADC approval. Note: Check with the county for driveway culvert and installation of driveway.

Other Notes:

County permit is required.

Deed Restriction Section

3.01 Section A

4.09 Section C

Do I need to apply to replace my windows?

Answer:

No, replacement of windows in the home may be done without application. Note: Check with the county for applicable permits or notice of commencement.

Other Notes:

 

Deed Restriction Section

No Section

Do I need to apply to put in electronic or manual hurricane panels?

Answer:

No, if you do not need to submit review for either style of installation.

Note: 301 Section F

Permanently installed and removable hurricane shutters may be utilized. Hurricane shutters may be of rigid plastic, metal or wood. Removable hurricane shutters may be installed, and permanently installed hurricane shutters may be closed anytime a hurricane warning is issued by NOAA and must be removed 7 days after the hurricane warning is canceled.

Deed Restriction Section

301 Section F

If I have an existing accessory structure that is grandfathered in. i.e. it exceeds 1,200 square feet and is before the rear line of the structure, may I add to it?

Answer:

No, if the structure is already grandfathered in, it may not be altered to be increased in size.

Other Notes:

Depending on the size of your property you may have an option to build a separate structure.

Deed Restriction Section

9.03 Grandfathering

3.02 Accessory Structures

ADC Approval Instructions – Accessory Structures

Do I have to apply to place a slab on my property

Answer:

No. However, if you are placing a slab and want it to be considered for a future build for an item i.e. a carport there are certain considerations that you will need to make

 

Other Notes:

ant it to be considered for a future build for an item i.e. a carport there are certain considerations that you will need to make. Note: must be beyond back line of home with setback of 25ft off rectangular lot line rear and side and 40 ft off corner street front side and 25 ft off rear line or if considering building an accessory structure on the same, it must not exceed the 1,200 square feet rule if before the back line of the home.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Accessory Structures

ADC Approval Instructions – Sheds

ADC Approval Instructions – RV Port, Shed Port, Car Port or Barns

1.01 and 3.02 apply

Q&A For Real Estate Agents

Are the Dues Monthly or Annually?

Answer:

The dues are collected on the 1st of each year.

Other Notes:

As a courtesy a billing statement will be mailed in early December.

Deed Restriction Section

Pine Ridge Deed Restrictions

By Laws

 

How do I determine my Annual Dues?

Answer:

Go to Addendum A-C, at the end of the Deed Restrictions, you will need the Block and Lot for the parcel. Locate the Block and lot within that section; once you have determined the name of your neighborhood district, then you can look up the annual fee on the fee schedule.

Other Notes:

Example one neighborhood district is called Hollywood Park Estates. The fee schedule is on or about page 13 of the deed restrictions. The fee is the increased fee. For Hollywood Park Estates the fee is $95.04

Deed Restriction Section

Pine Riidge Deed Restrictions

Addendum A-C

 

What size for sale sign may I have and may I have two on a corner lot?

Answer:

Only one sign per adjacent street, advertising the Lot “For Sale” may be displayed on said Lot, and only under the following conditions: 

  • The sign shall not exceed 24” X 24”;
  • The sign must be placed outside of the Main Structure on one or two posts;
    • The combined sign posts shall not exceed two (2) inches in diameter;
    • no part of the sign shall exceed thirty-six (36) inches in height from the natural terrain;
    • no sign shall include the price being asked for the property,
    • no sign shall be illuminated,
    • attached to a tree, shrubs or utility pole.
  • No “for rent”, “for hire”,” or “for lease” signs will be permitted on any lot or visible on any vehicle or vessel.

 

Deed Restriction Section

4.03

 

Can horses be housed on all of the properties in Pine Ridge?

Answer:

No

Other Notes:

With your Block and Lot you are able to determine if horses are permitted and how many under the neighborhood district.

Deed Restriction Section

Addendum A through C

 

Is there an approval process for new buyers?

Answer:

No

Other Notes:

Only renters are required to submit data for review prior to renting.

Deed Restriction Section

General

 

Is there a capital improvement fee upon becoming a new owner?

Answer:

No

Other Notes:

The only fee is the communication of the sale before the closing; that is an estoppel fee and is usually paid by the seller. A one time fee of $75.00

Deed Restriction Section

General

 

Where can I get a copy of the Deed Restrictions?

Answer:

On this website you may open, download or print a copy.

Other Notes:

Since it is mandated to get a signature that the party received the deed restrictions upon closing; we highly encourage you to make your buyer a copy of them.We 

We also recommend that you share the Frequently Asked Questions and the ADC Approval Instructions

Deed Restriction Section

General

 

Can a buyer put in an applicatoin for fencing prior to ownership?

Answer:

Yes, we will accept an application, but will hold processing the letter until after the deed is provided. (See the Fence and Gates FAQ Section)

Other Notes:

We do not need a recorded deed to update the system.

Deed Restriction Section

ADC Approval Instructions – Fences

 

Do the commercial lots have a different set of restrictions?

Answer:

Yes, they are different as the uses are intended for certain types of business.

Other Notes:

Request s copy at from the office.

Deed Restriction Section

General

 

Is it mandatory that the new buyer fill out our communication form at closing?

Answer:

No, it is not mandatory, but it is a good practice; the more information we have the better we can help guide the new owner and better serve their needs. This also is a reflection on your team as you are partnering with us for their success.

Other Notes:

Communication is Key to our success with new owners as it is with all owners. We would like to be able to welcome and share vital information so that each owner can enjoy their community.

Please ask all new owners to go here and sign up for the three sections as well – Stay in Touch

Deed Restriction Section

General

 

Are Chickens, Donkey's, Alpaca, or dog breeding for sales permitted?

 

Answer:

No – Animals other than dogs, cats and Equines are not permitted outside the Main or Accessory Structures

4.05