Amberwoods Maintenance restrictions are based on PBC Residential Maintenance Code, with additions.
Buying a home is one of the largest investments you’ve made. Protecting your investment, and your neighbors’, requires a continuing investment in regular property maintenance by all owners in Amberwoods. If you haven’t reviewed Amberwoods Restrictions in a while, you can find them on our webpage https://amberwoods33433.org/restrictions-and-by-laws/.
Maintaining your property includes:
- exterior surfaces including roof, walls, windows, trim, fascia, garage doors, window trim
- doors, including garage doors, and windows, without broken panes
- shutters and awnings securely fastened
- mechanicals (A/C compressor, pool pump, sprinkler pump)
- property address numbers on mailbox, house, and visible from the street
- lawn no taller than 7” (cut at least twice a month); irrigation; dead patches of lawn replaced
- shrubs and hedges trimmed; dead plants replaced; trees trimmed and maintained for safety
- sidewalks, driveways, retaining walls, fences, screen porches and enclosures maintained
- swimming pools/hot tubs maintained with proper chemicals, complete enclosure.
PBC’s Residential Property Maintenance Code: https://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/codeenforcement/Pages/Residential-Property-Maintenance.aspx also PBC Residential_Property_Maintenance_Guide
Considering Permanent Changes or Improvements to your property?
If you are planning projects such as exterior painting, roofing, new/replacement windows, hurricane shutters, TV/internet antenna, fencing, rock wall, driveway, swimming pool or hot tub/spa, home addition, porch, free-standing structures such as a storage shed or gazebo, etc., you must submit an application and supporting documents to the Amberwoods HOA Board for review and approval. You must follow Palm Beach County permitting guidelines see: PBC – When is a Permit Required? and PBC Permit Brochure – Jan 2014
Forms are available on our webpage here: https://amberwoods33433.org/arch-review-board-forms/
Consult PBC’s “Preferred Plant Species” Database.
If you are considering adding landscaping to your property, this database has descriptions and photos of plants to help you choose the proper plant for your landscape. https://www.pbcgov.org/ePZB.Admin.WebSPA/#/Container/Plant_Material_Database
Remove a Mature tree in Amberwoods? The Board Discourages it unless it’s a danger to persons or property.
Tree topping (“Hat-racking”) is prohibited.
Amberwoods was established over 40 years ago, and we are fortunate to have some mature trees that provide shade, reduce utility bills and increase property values. Let’s keep it that way for current and future owners and their families.
If you are considering having a tree(s) trimmed or removed, contact a qualified licensed company with a certified arborist or licensed landscape architect on staff and they will evaluate the tree(s) and recommend appropriate trimming that is within PBC Regulations; do not accept unsolicited offers from unlicensed individuals to trim your trees. The Board recommends removal of a tree on residential property in Amberwoods only when a certified arborist or a Florida licensed landscape architect provides documentation that the tree presents a danger to persons or property.
Palm Beach County has published guidelines for proper pruning – see Palm Beach County Pruning Guidelines
Tree trimming and removal governed by Palm Beach County Regulations & Unified Land Development Code (ULDC): http://www.pbcgov.com/uldc/
Acceptable practices for pruning trees in unincorporated PBC are established by ULDC Article 7.F:
- A maximum of 1/4th of the tree canopy may be removed from a tree within a one-year period (must conform to the standards of crown reduction, crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown raising, vista pruning, and crown restoration pruning techniques, and comply with most recent version of the ANSI A300 provisions related woody plant maintenance).
- Trimming and pruning should promote shape and form typical of the tree’s species in similar settings in PBC.
- Tree topping (hat-racking) is prohibited.
- For palm trees, no more than 1/3 of the fronds shall be removed.
Violations and enforcement provisions are in Article 7.G of ULDC:
If found in violation, corrective actions include:
- requiring additional trimming using proper pruning techniques to correct the damage;
- replacing trees that have irreparable damage from improper trimming;
- replacing trees that have been removed without the required documentation.