Design Review and Architectural Control

The purpose of the Design Review and Architectural Control Committee (DRC) is to ensure that the exterior of homes is consistent with the original architectural design as required by our Covenants. If you are interested in participating on the DRC committee, please email

Owners should familiarize themselves with the Design Review Guidelines and Rules, and submit a Design Update/Change Application Form as required. For example, if a homeowner wishes to replace the roof; add or change a deck, patio, fence; replace trees, and so on, they must obtain DRC approval.

The process is straightforward: 

      • Visit the Governing Documents section of this website to obtain the DRC application form
      • Download the application form in PDF format and fill it in -or-
      • Download and print the application form
      • When filling in the application include all required pictures, drawings etc. as attachments
      • Submit the completed application to the DRC via e-mail to -or-
      • Submit via mail addressed to:
        The Villages at Tower Oaks Design Review Committee c/o Comsource, 3414 Morningwood Drive Olney, MD 20832 
      • The property manager will convey to the homeowner within 30 days the DRC's decision
      • Work cannot start prior to written receipt of the DRC's decision

Please be aware that any changes that require DRC approval and are made without this approval may require “undoing” and/or result in a fine.

References and Footnotes:

Under Article 15, of the Declarations of Covenants, Conditions, Easements and Restrictions; the Villages at Tower Oaks Homeowners Association, Inc. (HOA) provides for the regulation of the association’s architectural control. Subsection 15.5 of the Declaration specifically states, "No structure shall be commenced. erected, placed, moved onto or permitted to remain on any Villages Lot, nor shall any existing structure upon any Villages Lot be altered in any way which materially changes its exterior appearance, nor any initial or subsequent use be commenced on any Villages Lot, unless plans and specifications or any other information as requested by the Villages Design Review Committee shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Villages Design Review Committee."

Under Article 11, subsection.11.27 the HOA is granted the enforcement and the right to remove or correct violations. Non-compliance of the violation(s) can be enforced by penalty assessment fines, entry upon the Lot and taking such action as may be necessary to remove or otherwise terminate or abate such violation(s), and the costs thereof and reasonable attorney’s fees incurred thereby secured by lien of property Lot.