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When to use these guidelines and application: use for any recreational set - playset, swing set or fort. However, There are separate applications for basketball units, trampolines, and large sports nets or other sports equipment.

After reading the guidelines below, download and submit the application, which includes a list of information and materials to submit:

Recreational Equipment and Playsets


Installation of all recreational equipment (play sets, trampolines, basketball equipment, swimming pools, tennis courts, spas or hot tubs etc.) requires written permission of the MDCC.

Play and sports equipment must be located in the buildable area of the lot at least 10’ from any neighboring lot lines. Play sets made of cedar or redwood must be left untreated to age naturally or stained the trim color of the house. If the equipment is made of treated lumber, it must be painted the trim color of the house. The accessories may be earth-tone colors only. Primary-colored accessories are prohibited. Consideration must be given to the placement of the equipment to avoid high visibility to neighbors or obstructing views of natural elements and golf courses. The equipment may be placed on grass, however, a request for placement on mulch or other edging material will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Flags and striped tarps are prohibited.

If you are planning to install a new playset, fort or other form of recreational equipment or if you plan to replace old recreation equipment, written approval from the Muirfield Design Control Committee must be obtained prior to starting the project. Note that basketball units and trampolines have a separate application. This guide sheet is designed to help prepare an application to submit to the Muirfield Design Control Committee. These guidelines are in accordance with the Muirfield Design Standards. The following are required for compliance:

  1. Submit 2 complete applications including applicable drawings, brochures and samples prior to starting the project.
  2. Recreational equipment must be located near the house, in the buildable area of the property, at least 10’ from any neighboring property lines.
  3. Recreational equipment made of cedar or redwood must be left untreated to age naturally or painted the trim color of the house. Many wooden recreational sets are made with treated lumber to look like cedar or redwood (not real cedar or redwood); these units must be painted the trim color of the house. The manufactured color treatment does not age or blend well with the surrounding environment.
  4. Primary-colored accessories are not permitted. Recreational equipment accessories (slides tarps, etc.) shall be an earth-tone color (tan, gray, hunter green, forest green, etc. – no stripes).
  5. Plastic roofs, decorative plastic accessories, flags and banners are prohibited.
  6. Recreational equipment must be placed on grass, however, specific requests for mulch or special edging will be reviewed on a case-by case basis. The unit may not obstruct neighboring views of the golf course.
  7. Landscape materials may be required for screening. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
  8. Provide a site plan of the property showing the footprint of house, no-build lines, property lines, easements, etc. On site plan, draw the outline of the recreational set at the desired location, indicating distance from property lines.
  9. Provide several photos of the area where the recreational equipment will be located.
  10. Provide the design review fee payment of $35.00.
What to Include with this Application

To avoid delays and to prevent the application from being tabled, please ensure the application is filled out completely and include two copies of the application and two each of all relevant materials (samples, photos, drawings, site maps, brochures, etc.) plus the design review fee. One copy will be returned to the submitter. Include the following:

If you have any questions, please contact the Association office, 614-889-0922.

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Muirfield Property Handbook
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