Covenants & Rules
COVENANTS AND DEED RESTRICTIONS
IN HILLSMERE SHORES
Click here for a PDF of the original Deed of Covenants, Restrictions and Conditions
The following covenants and deed restrictions control and limit the use of all residential lots in Hillsmere. Recorded among the Land Record of Anne Arundel County, Maryland in Liber 900, Folio 334, they are binding as a matter of law and are for the benefit of all other lot owners in Hillsmere.
- Hillsmere Shores Improvement Association, Inc., has the right to use an easement over a strip of land five (5) feet in width along the rear line of each of the lots as shown on the plats of Hillsmere for the purpose of laying, erecting, maintaining, repairing pipes, poles, wires, conduits, and other material and equipment for gas, water, electric light, power, telephone, telegraph, sewerage, and other public or community service and utility.
- No building or other structure may be erected, converted, permitted, maintained or operated for any other purpose than residential, and no business of any kind shall be permitted except by special permission of HSIA, and then must be in a specially designated area.
- The Building Committee of HSIA must approve the exterior plan and construction or any alterations of any building and the position of the building on the lot. No construction shall commence without first having a permit issued by the HSIA Building Committee. No building shall be more than 2½ stories in height. No fence, sign, billboard or advertising matter of any kind may be placed upon any lot without the approval of HSIA.
- No building, or part thereof, except as hereinafter provided, shall be erected or maintained on any part of any lot, as shown on the plats of Hillsmere, closer than thirty (30) feet to any road, street, or highway thirty (30) feet or more in width on which the plot upon which the building is erected fronts. No building or any part thereof erected shall be closer than fifteen (15) feet from the division line of any lot, and only one building for private residential purposes shall be erected on each lot. HSIA has the right to approve deviation from these distances if the contour or shape of a lot will not permit compliance with these restrictions.
- No privy, cesspool, vault or any other form of privy, except sewage systems as approved by HSIA, and no toilets or bath houses shall be erected on the property except in such as shall be built in or attached to either the main dwelling or garage and shall be constructed in compliance with the Health Department Regulations and may not drain into the tide waters of the South River or any pond, creek, or lake.
- No lake, pond, park, playground, wharf, pier or community beach shall be construed by these covenants, restrictions and conditions as dedicated to the public.
- No tent or other structure or trailer intended for temporary or permanent living quarters shall be permitted.
- No animals shall be kept or housed on any lot or in any building situated on any lot in numbers, that in the opinion of HSIA, may be considered obnoxious to the health, peace and quiet of any purchaser in Hillsmere or HSIA.
- No waterfront property owner may erect any fence, piers, wharfs, or any other obstructions to water rights without obtaining written permission of HSIA.
- All covenants, restrictions and conditions are to run with the land and are to be expressly recited by reference in all future conveyances. A majority of owners of the lots may amend, cancel, annul or obligate any and all of the covenants, restrictions or conditions by a written, duly executed instrument properly recorded among the Land Records of Anne Arundel County.
- Any violation of any of the foregoing conditions, covenants and restrictions shall be a breach, and HSIA or any purchaser may exercise their rights in any Court of Record against said violation.
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GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
- No picnicking or building fires on the beach.
- No dogs allowed on the beach or in the bathing area.
- No beverages in glass containers in the beach.
- No tents at the beach.
- No swimming or bathing on Community property after sunset.
- Community beach closes at sunset.
- No littering of beach or community property. All trash and debris must be disposed of in the proper manner.
- No signs can be erected or placed on community property without the approval of the Hillsmere Shores Improvement Association's Board of Directors, and can only be erected on places designated by the Board of Directors.
- Lids must be provided, and must be kept tight on all trash cans at all times.
- Trash cans must be removed from road within 24 hours after collection.
- Builders must provide cans at building site for trash created by workers at the building site.
- Weeds on any lot in Hillsmere Shores must be cut at least once during the growing season, preferably before going to seed.
- No animals shall be kept on any lot or in any building situated on any lot in numbers that in the opinion of the Hillsmere Shores Improvement Association may be considered obnoxious to the health, peace and quiet of residents. No ponies, goats, sheep, cows or other farm animals shall be kept or housed on any lot in Hillsmere Shores.
- Boat parks and moorings are for the boats of the property owners and residents of Hillsmere Shores only.
- No fire arms are to be discharged in Hillsmere Shores.
- No commercial vehicle shall park overnight on Hillsmere Shores roads. Parking of commercial vehicles is permitted on private property.
- No overnight parking of vehicles on Hillsmere Drive.
- Approval must be obtained from the Board of Directors of Hillsmere Shores Improvement Association for group activity at picnic and beach areas.
- The speed limit on all roads in Hillsmere Shores is 25 miles per hour.
- It is unlawful to remove stakes marking road curbs or storm water drains for snow removal purposes.
- No snow shall be shoveled onto roads, causing a traffic hazard.
- All bicycles must have proper lights after sundown on roads in Hillsmere Shores.
- Political signs supporting or opposing candidates for public office or ballot questions may be placed on privately owned lots by the property owner or resident for up to 30 days before or 7 days after a public election. The signs must be no greater than 2 by 3 feet or equivalent area. Political signs may not be placed on HSIA property.
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Updated February 5, 2012
These rules apply to the community beach defined as beach, bathing area, playground, grassy areas and
The community beach is open to all residents (and property owners) of Hillsmere between 8:00 am and
sunset. All cars must display a Hillsmere sticker. Vehicles without stickers are subject to towing
at the owner’s risk and expense.
All residents are permitted to bring guests; however, the number of guests per resident is limited
to eight (8) people. The HSIA Administrator can grant extra guest privileges. Any resident who
wishes to bring more than eight (8) guests to the community beach should apply for guest permits by
calling the Administrator at 410-263-4456 or emailing email@example.com.
The maximum number for any single party at the community beach is 60 guests. To reserve the large
pavilion for a specific date, please call the Administrator at 410-263-4456, mailbox #2, or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. A deposit of $200 is
required, which will be refunded when all
trash and recycling is removed by the host (this includes the cans at the large pavilion and the
cans directly behind the large pavilion at the parking lot). Usually, the refund will be made within
three (3) days after an inspection by an HSIA designated person.
Alcoholic beverages and their consumption are banned from the community beach, except with the prior
approval of the HSIA Board of Directors or its representative. A one-day liquor license is required
and a copy of the license must be provided to HSIA.
No dogs allowed.
No loud noise will be tolerated and can cause immediate termination of guest permits. No amplified
No motorized watercraft allowed. Guests are not permitted to bring any type of watercraft to the
The community beach can be closed anytime by any officer of HSIA or any designated person.
Interfering with the nettle nets or cable is strictly prohibited. Only persons authorized by HSIA
may lower or raise nettle nets. Do not hang on nettle nets or cable.
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BOAT PARK RULES
Updated January 26, 2006
The Boat Park located at 614 Beach Drive is available to all members of H.S.I.A. for storage of small boats and trailers. Use of the Park shall be limited to storage of boats on trailers and empty boat trailers only. An annual fee shall be charged for the use of the park.
The Piers and Harbor Chairman shall appoint a Park Administrator to supervise the operation of the Boat Park and to enforce the regulations as required. The Administrator will issue a space [control number] and key to the facility to be used upon payment of the established fee. The Administrator shall maintain a current “wait list”. The Administrator has the authority to request the removal of any item that does not conform to the regulations.
Because of the proximity to residential dwellings, the Park and its contents shall be maintained in a neat and clean manor. A locked gate shall control access to the Park.
H.S.I.A. shall not be responsible for theft, lost or damaged items.
- The Park is accessible by key; this is a separate key from the boat ramp key. The gate shall be locked at all times.
- The fee charged shall be $65 per trailer annually, in addition to H.S.I.A. membership.
- Maximum length of boat shall not exceed 30 feet.
- Boats must be stored on trailers.
- Sanding or scraping of bottom paint is prohibited.
- All boats and trailers must be in working condition and display a current registration with the State Of Maryland [if applicable]. Upon notice that the boat or trailer is considered to be in a non-working condition or in an advanced state of disrepair, the owner shall have 30 days to correct the condition or the boat / trailer may be removed at owners risk and expense.
- All trailers must display a H.S.I.A. control number in order to identify the owner for contact. The number will be assigned when the item is registered with the Park Administrator or by calling the H.S.I.A. Administrative Officer at 410-263-4456.
- All boats MUST be covered or positioned to drain in order to prevent the accumulation of water and debris which promotes the breeding of mosquitoes.
- If ownership of a boat and or trailer located within the park can not be established, the Park Administrator will advertise the item in THE SEA BREEZE and THE CAPITAL. If, after 30 days ownership can not be determined, the trailer and or boat will be auctioned or removed to the ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY LANDFILL. If owner is located they shall be responsible for all expenses incurred.
- Violation of the above policy and regulations may result in removal of the boat or trailer from the Park.
- The above regulations will take effect April 1,2002.
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IMPORTANT MARINA RULES AND REGULATIONS CHANGES
Updated January 26, 2012
New marina rules were approved by the HSIA Board of Directors on January 26, 2012.
These rule changes could affect your ability to keep your slip.
Changes to the rules make it very important that you pay on time or make other
arrangements before the payment deadline (see section 5).
- Slip holders will receive a 10% discount if paid, in full, by March 1st.
- If you have not paid your fees and provided ALL the required documentation
(or made other arrangements) by April 1st then you will lose your slip. Being away for
the winter will not excuse you from meeting this deadline.
Additional changes to the rules may cause you to lose your slip if your boat is
neglected or not maintained in a safe, operable, and seaworthy condition. You can also
lose your slip if you do not have a boat suitable for the assigned slip or do not have a
boat in your slip for long periods of time (see section 7).
There are also new rules concerning temporary renting (subletting) of empty slips by
HSIA and new rules governing when you have a guest occupy your slip or a transient slip
(see section 6).
Please read the new rules
(MARINA RULES AND REGULATIONS 01-26-12.pdf)
and make sure you understand the changes before signing your invoice agreeing to be bound by them.
The Marina Committee intends to strictly enforce these new rules.
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