Homeowner Associations, By-laws, and Guidelines

The Myrtle Beach area is home to many residential communities with homeowner associations. HOAs are popular because they provide by-laws that help manage community assets like landscaping, community pools, and more.

An HOA’s by-laws may also provide reasonable rules concerning home appearance and modifications. For this reason, it’s important to check your homeowner association’s guidelines for installing generators or other add-on utility structures.

Seeking Architectural Review Committee Approval

In Myrtle Beach HOA communities, you may need approval from an architectural review committee (ARC) before installing a residential generator.

Guidelines for approval can include the installation of a visual barrier (screen, fence, shrubbery) to hide the generator from sight. Cooper Electrical Services has worked with many HOA guidelines in the past so homeowners have reliable backup power that doesn’t infringe upon the rules of the community.

For one recent installation in an HOA community, the bylaws included the following guidelines:

HVAC compressors and electric meters must be screened from view from the streets, lake and adjacent lots with plant materials, walls or fencing. Satellite dishes, solar collectors or other utility structures are required to be screened from view and must be specifically approved by the Architectural Review Committee.

In this instance, the generator fell under the “other utility structures.” The application to the ARC indicated the generator location on the plat along with a proposal for fencing or screening.

Cooper Electrical Services Will Work Within Your HOA Guidelines

Cooper Electrical Services are experts in residential generator systems. Working in and around Myrtle Beach, we understand community regulations and the processes that can come with installation.

Our team provides homeowners with excellent service. Cooper Electrical Services works within your HOA’s guidelines to make sure you the backup power you need, when you need it.

To learn more about residential standby generators, visit our website or contact a Cooper representative today.