Architectural Review

Does Hickory Heights and Bloomfield Township allow fences?

Hickory Heights and Bloomfield Township allow fences up to four (4) ft. in height (4'-6" in height for decorative-metal style fences, see twp ordinance), restricted to side and rear yards only. This type of fencing will only require a permit from the Township’s Building Division. However, anything over the heights listed above will require approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals prior to being installed, in addition to a permit.

Please note: All fences to be utilized for the purpose of containing a dog(s) will be required to get approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals, in addition to a permit, even if they meet our animal containment setback requirements (16 ft. from side lot lines & 25 ft. from rear property lines).

The only EXCEPTION to this rule is invisible fencing, which only requires a permit, as long as it complies with our animal containment setback requirements (as noted above). For more information on animal containment, refer to Ordinance Chapter 8, Article II.

Can I put a shed in my yard?

Sheds are considered an accessory structure; therefore Zoning Board of Appeals approval must be obtained prior to installation (regardless of size or location). If the Zoning Board of Appeals approves your request, then a permit must be obtained through our Building Division. Before installing any structure (such as a trellis, statue, sculpture, retaining/landscape walls, etc.), contact the Ordinance Division to find out what approvals may be necessary. In addition, we would encourage you to check with your homeowners association first to find out what their restrictions may be.


Proposed new construction, exterior remodeling and additions to homes in the Hickory Heights subdivision must comply with Hickory Heights Deed Restrictions and the Bloomfield Township Zoning Ordinances and Building Department regulations.

You must submit 2 copies, with dimensions, of your improvement plans to the HHPOA Architecture Liaison as well as the application form and Checklist  2 weeks prior to the next HHPOA Board Meeting.  We are here to make sure your packet is complete prior to going to Bloomfield Township.  Each time your packet has to be revised at the Township offices there area additional fees. 

Let us help you to have a complete packet; let us review the plans before you submit them to the Township!

Additionally, it must be approved by the HHPOA Board of Directors before the construction begins.

  • Generally, the proposal must “conform to the general architectural plan and scheme of the development of the subdivision evidenced by structures theretofore erected …”.
  • Architectural design, landscape grade, kind and quality of materials, and workmanship are also reviewed.
  • Please consider informing your nearby neighbors of you planned improvements before submitting your proposal to the HHPOA Board and Bloomfield Township.

For more information about the HHPOA procedure, please print the following documents below. Application and Checklist must be included with the two complete sets of improvement plans. 

Please contact our Architecture Liaison at [email protected] and put "Hickory Heights POA" in the subject line.

For more information about the Bloomfield Township procedure, please contact the 
Township Planning and Building Department.
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Planning Division Phone # 248-433-7795
Building Division Phone # 248-433-7715

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