Changes to Your Property

Please contact the following staff members for information regarding the Covenant Process during Covid-19.  Please note that our staff are working reduced hours and there may be a delay in replying to email inquiries.

Important information regarding Exterior Alteration Applications, PLEASE READ.

Requests for Letters of Compliance and Exterior Alteration Applications: Carrie Wenholz, applications@oaklandmills.org

Property Concerns: Karina Caico, propertyconcerns@oaklandmills.org

The village of Oakland Mills, located in Columbia MD, is a community in which the land is protected by covenants. These covenants are essentially promises by which all who own or reside here shall abide by. The ongoing maintenance of the open space, facilities, properties, and homes in the village of Oakland Mills depends upon its owners and residents upholding these covenants. The covenants’ presence as part of each deed can compel owners and residents to abide by them or incur possible penalty. The information contained on this page is designed to help all residents understand how to buy, sell, and maintain their property in Oakland Mills, Columbia, MD. Click here to download the Architectural Guidelines.


Step 1: Application

  • Submit with signatures, drawings, and appropriate information to the Covenant Advisor – Applications by the applicable deadline (see dates below).
  • Click here to download the Exterior Alteration Application.
  • Click here to Download the In Home Business Application.

Step 2: Review

  • Application is given to RAC & published in the Columbia Flier, the Oakland Mills website, and at the village office
  • RAC members visit property to view site and plans
  • RAC discusses application at its next meeting.

Step 3: Decision

  • RAC recommends approval, approval with amendments, or denial
  • RAC sends to the Architectural Chair
  • The Architectural Chair reviews and issues final decision
  • The Final decision is sent by mail to applicant.

Oakland Mills Architectural Committee approval may not be the only approval required. It may also be necessary to obtain approval from your townhome or condominium’s Homeowners’ Association(HOA) and/or Howard County(HC). Howard County permit information can be obtained by calling 410-313-2455. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to obtain all necessary approvals. If there are inconsistencies between HOA and OMCA Covenants or HC regulations, the most restrictive criteria or covenant takes precedence. Exterior alterations begun without prior approval of the Oakland Mills Architectural Committee are done in violation of OMCA Covenants and are at the applicant’s own risk. Guidelines to the Oakland Mills Covenants are available at the Village Office located in the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place OR Click here to view the “OMCA Architectural Guidelines”. Questions about the application or review process should be referred to the Covenant Advisor for Applications at 410-730-4610 or Email Carrie Wenholz: applications@oaklandmills.org Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place on the review dates listed below. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting at which their application is reviewed.


Deadline Dates

Meeting Dates
17-Dec 2-Jan
2-Jan 16-Jan
21-Jan 6-Feb
4-Feb 20-Feb
18-Feb 5-Mar
3-Mar 19-Mar
17-Mar 2-Apr
31-Mar 16-Apr
21-Apr 7-May
5-May 21-May
19-May 4-Jun
2-Jun 18-Jun
16-Jun 2-Jul
30-Jun 16-Jul
21-Jul 6-Aug
4-Aug 20-Aug
18-Aug 3-Sep
1-Sep 17-Sep
15-Sep 1-Oct
29-Sep 15-Oct
20-Oct 5-Nov
3-Nov 19-Nov
17-Nov 3-Dec
1-Dec 17-Dec




Need Further Assistance?

Read over our list of things to know and do when submitting an application to the the Architecture Committee.

Posted Applications

The next RAC meeting is November 19th. Click here to view the applications for this meeting.

The next RAC deadline is November 17th for the December 3rd meeting.  


Click HERE to see a complete list of RAC deadlines and meeting dates.

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