Procedure for Rain Barrels

The Olympia Architectural Review Committee (ARC), with approval from the Olympia Homeowners Assn. Board of Trustees, has established the following procedure for the installation of rain barrels at an individual home.  Any homeowner who is considering the installation of a rain barrel for storm water collection or any other use must observe the following procedure.

1.     Submit an “Application for Modification to Your Home” form to the ARC.  These forms are available on the resident rack, across from the library in the clubhouse, or are available on the website:

2.     Approval (in writing, signed and dated) must be given by any neighbor directly affected by the installation of a rain barrel.  Examples of ways in which a neighbor may be affected may include (but are not limited to) the following:
a.     An intrusion into the neighbor’s private courtyard by the rain barrel installation
b.     The rain barrel would present an unsatisfactory view from the neighbor’s windows

3.     Additional rain barrel requirements include:
a.     Cannot be in view from the front of the home or from the street
b.     Must be entirely on the homeowner’s property
c.      Front yard installation is prohibited
d.     May be installed at rear yard downspouts
e.     A landscape buffer must be used to screen side yard installations from view, both from the street and from adjacent properties.  The landscape buffer must consist of year-round plantings of a height at least equal to the height of the rain barrel.

4.     After receiving approval from the ARC and the OHA Board of Trustees, permits for the design and location of rain barrels must be obtained from the City of Strongsville.

5.     Proper installation must be inspected and approved by the Strongsville Engineering Department.

6.     The rain barrel installation must be made by a contractor who is registered with the City of Strongsville.

7.     After installation, a Strongsville building inspector must complete a final inspection of the installation.

-OHA revised, May 2017