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Major Project Application & Submittal Requirements

Please click below for the PDF application form for a Major Project (Demolition, New Construction, Remodels, Additions, Any exterior alterations or the addition of an Accessory Structure):

Click here to print the application MAJOR Project Application

MAJOR Project Fees and Submittal Procedures  MAJOR Project Submittal Procedures

Drop Off Address: 17933 Castellammare Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272.  OK, to leave it on the table under the gazebo.  8AM-9PM on submittal days.  Call ahead if a different date, 310-454-5245.

Fast-growing hedge materials are no longer allowed in the front of the property.  Click the link for suggested plant materials that would be accepted in the front, or feel free to suggest your own. RECOMMENDED PLANT LIST – FRONT

To help assure your submittal is complete, please use the attached checklist. ARC Review checklist


1. An increase of the existing structure’s square footage by 50% or more, or alteration or demolition of more than 50% of the existing exterior walls, requires that all elements of the property (including hedges, fences, walls and gates, pool, HVAC and other equipment) be brought into conformance with the current Architectural Guidelines.

1a. See paragraph 9 below for additional details regarding required surveys, slope band analyses and site/plot plans.

2. Substantial construction with intent to diligently complete the job must begin within one (1) year from the date of approval. Otherwise, the approval expires unless an extension is requested in writing and granted.

3. A set of plans stamped and approved by the CRHOA must be kept on the job site for inspection by the Association’s representatives and/or any interested owner(s) of property in the tracts.

4. Any deviation from or alteration to the approved drawings and specifications during construction or at any time thereafter renders the approval null and void. Any deviation from the Architectural Guidelines must be specifically noted and called out in the submission package.

5. The Architectural Review Committee* (“ARC”) shall have the right, but not the obligation, to periodically inspect the project without prior notice. The owner understands that any such inspection does not relieve the owner of the duty to comply with the Association’s Architectural Guidelines and with all applicable Building & Fire Codes.

6. Unless the approved drawings and specifications show the location of, and specifications for, fences, walls, gates, hedges, and other hardscaping and landscaping, aerials for radio or television and/or other structures of any kind, you are required to submit drawings and specifications in duplicate (and the appropriate fee) and obtain CRHOA written approval before constructing or installing any or all of them.

7. Upon completion of framing, a survey must be submitted showing the elevations of the first floor, roof and top of structure. Upon substantial project completion, an updated survey must be submitted showing completed work, hardscape, top of roof elevation, first-floor elevation, and CRHOA datum.

8. Neither the ARC’s consent to the Project nor any inspection of it shall give rise to any liability by the Association, the ARC, or its representatives. The owner agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the Association, its officers, directors, ARC members, employees, consultants, and agents from claims arising from the Project or its approval or inspection by the ARC.


Unless the parties agree to arbitration or mediation as provided for in Civil Code §1354, any dispute involving enforcement or interpretation of the Association’s Governing Documents or which arises in connection with the management or operation of the Association shall be heard by a judicial reference (“Referee”) without a jury pursuant to the provisions of Section 638 of the Code of Civil Procedure. If the parties cannot agree on a Referee, one shall be appointed by the Court in accordance with Section 640 of the Code of Civil Procedure. All issues shall be determined in compliance with the judicial rules, statutory and decisional law, and rules of evidence of the State of California. Discovery shall be limited to depositions and requests for the inspection, production and copying of documents. Depositions may be taken by either party upon seven (7) days’ written notice. Request for production or inspection of documents shall be responded to within ten (10) days after service. The cost of the Referee shall be shared equally between the parties. However, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. The judgment shall be subject to all post-trial procedures and appeals.


(Demolition, New Construction, Remodels, Additions, Any exterior alterations or the Addition of an Accessory Structure)

1. Submit the required fee, the application signed by the owner(s), up to four (4) full size 18×24 or 24×36 sets (call to discuss number of sets); two (2) sets reduced to 8-1/2×11″ of drawings, and 1 set in a scalable Adobe PDF format of drawing specifications and other materials in sufficient detail to demonstrate that the Architectural Guidelines are satisfied, as follows:
a. Plot plan showing property lines, dimension from property line to street or curb, building location, setbacks dimensioned, indication of new and existing construction and natural (unmodified) and finished grade and elevations, walls, fences, gates and all service enclosures, such as air conditioning condensers, pool equipment, electrical cabinets (transformers must be buried in a vault & shown), water heaters, and any building projections such as chimneys, balconies and pop-out or bay windows. A survey is required for any project that increases the building height or the square footage.
b. Floor plan showing dimensioned references to all outside features of the building.
c. Building sections showing all elements of new construction, addition and/or remodel referenced to the allowable building envelope.
d. Roof plan showing all roof slopes, solar panels (cannot be seen from the street), chimneys, skylights and other roof appurtenances.  Solar panel plan, if available.
e. Exterior elevations showing all dimensioned references to the following items: finished grade adjacent to the building; exterior details clearly defined and referenced to the allowable building envelope; finish materials information for walls, roofs, and other features seen from public street. (Note: must be indicated on plans if “matching existing.”)
f. Show on plans: Total square footage of lot area, buildable lot area, lot coverage and gross building area.
g. Landscape and hardscape plan showing location and size of trees, hedges (see restricted front hedge materials in Guidelines) and other plantings, walls, fences, gates, patios, pool, spa, any sports court and exterior lighting. Full landscape plan may be submitted later, subject to an additional fee. Walls, fences and gates must be shown on original submission.
h. Attach a copy of any existing city or CRHOA variance of which you are aware. Otherwise we will assume none exists.
i. If you are seeking a variance from the City or CRHOA, please attach a cover letter setting forth any justification you have.

2. Each page of drawings, specifications and other information must be numbered and dated.

3. Revised submissions (if required) must be complete sets as detailed above, and bear the revision date.

4. Standard Review: The ARC meets approximately once per month. Deadline for submittal is ten days prior to the meeting date. Approval or disapproval letters normally are sent within fifteen (15) days after the meeting. CRHOA retains one set of approved plans; the other set of approved plans is returned with the approval letter.

5. Expedited Architect Review: As an option, for an increased fee, the CRHOA architect will review the plans within 10 business days and provide comments to you in advance of the first review of the plans by the ARC. If they are nonconforming, the architect will work with you or your representative on a one-time basis to assist you in bringing the plans into conformance. You or your representative must make the corrections and provide two (2) complete corrected sets of plans, 3 new 8 1⁄2 x11 copies and new PDF in accordance with the above-noted submittal requirements. Your submittal must still be reviewed and an approval granted or denied by the ARC at its next schedule meeting. You will receive a written response after the ARC meeting.

6. Interim Survey: Upon completion of the framing of the project, a survey must be submitted showing the elevations of the first floor, roof and top of structure.

7. Final Resurvey Upon Completion: Upon substantial completion of the project, an updated survey must be submitted showing completed work, hardscape, lst floor elevation, top of roof elevation and CRHOA datum. The ARC shall have the right to walk through the property and all construction areas upon completion to check for compliance.

8. How to Submit: Please check our website ( for review deadline dates,  Architectural Guidelines and other helpful information, or call 310/454-5245.  Drop-off address,  17922 Castellammare Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272 (ok to leave on the table under the gazebo).

9. Additional Survey, Slope Band Analysis and Site/Plot Plans:  a.  A fully dimensioned certified survey, prepared by a certified land surveyor, must be included with your submission, which survey must show: (1) the entire property and areas adjacent to it (and must include outlines of all structures and improvements currently existing on the property), with dimensions from the outside corners of all structures on the property to property lines; (2) spot elevations and labeled contour lines; (3) all sidewalks, driveways, patios and other hardscape; (4) all walls and fences, with heights, whether on the property itself or adjacent to it; (5) an outline of the adjacent sides and corners of structures on the adjacent properties and their distances to the boundary line between the two properties; (6) the City-owned parkway in front of the property, from the street/curb to the front property line(s), with dimensions from the front property line to the street side of the City standard curb, if any, adjacent to the street (or if no City standard curb, to the equivalent; or, if none, to the street paving), at: (a) each front corner of the property, (b) at or adjacent to each driveway and each pedestrian entrance, and (c) near the center of the front property line(s) if that is not near one of the above required dimensions; (7) all easements, if any, and the surveyor’s source of the information about them; (8) any encroachments affecting the property; (9) the size, in square feet, of the property; (10) the building setbacks required under the California Riviera CC&Rs and Architectural Guidelines with respect to the property as to which the submission is being made; (11) the dates of the field work for the survey, of the survey itself and of its certification; and (12) who prepared the survey and for whom it was prepared.  

a. The site plan (aka plot plan) and other plans submitted must be based on that survey; and the site plan must show, among other things, the points from which the height datum for the property was determined.

b. In addition to that survey, a certified slope band analysis map, prepared by the certified surveyor, is required for all projects on properties that include slopes that are 2:1 or steeper (which sloped areas are excluded from the ”Buildable Lot Area” of the property pursuant to Paragraph 9 of the CRHOA Architectural Guidelines and CRHOA CC&Rs for various purposes), showing areas of the lot with a slope less than 2 horizontal to 1 vertical, areas of the lot sloped 2:1 or steeper, and the square footage of each such area.

c. In the case of a corner property, the site plan and all landscaping and hardscaping plans must show the “visibility triangle” as defined in Section 62.200 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.

10. Fee Schedule (non-refundable)

Major project initial submittal:

Project per Square Footage: Dues-Paying Members / Non-Paying Members

(include basement)


Major project submitted after the start of construction:

Project per Square Footage: Due Paying Members/ Non Paying Members (include basement)


Re-submittal of major project due to nonconformance or insufficient information:

Project Square Footage:  Dues-Paying Members / Non-Paying Members

25% of initial fee

Expedited Architect Review of major project:

Project Square Footage:  Dues-Paying Members / Non-Paying Members (include basement)


Expedited Architect Review submitted after  start of construction:

Project Square Footage:  Dues-Paying Members / Non-Paying Members


Check Payable to CRHOA