Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who do I call with building questions?
City of Bella Vista Community Development Services Department at 479-268-4980 and Bella Vista Village Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Office at 479-855-8080
How do I get a permit?
To get an ACC permit you will need the following:
- Signed application with all required documents listed on the application.
- Example: Plot plan showing alterations or additions; Picture or drawing of structure addition or improvement; Elevations as needed, paint samples as well as roof color name.
Most common permit requests: Fences, decks, repainting, reroofing, sheds, and new homes.
Is my lot buildable?
You will need to determine if the desired house plan footprint along with septic field design footprint will fit within the building setbacks of your lot. Front and some side setbacks are platted. Most side building setbacks are 10 feet and the rear setback is 15 feet (please check with City of Bella Vista Community Development Services Department to confirm side and rear setbacks).
Where can I get a plot plan for my property?
How do I find my septic system?
In most cases, the septic system layout is located on the plot plan for your property. Some properties have an “as built” design—be sure to ask if your property has one.
Can I put an accessory structure/detached garage on my vacant lot next door to my house?
Yes, as long as there is a Covenant 15 document recorded at the County Clerk’s Office or an easement release has been granted. If you are building a structure with utilities crossing the utility and drainage easement, an easement release is required. Please note that a new plot plan with all lots affected as well as all improvements must be submitted with the permit application. Check with the ACC for details. Please note that only lots with a common lot line to the residence are eligible for improvements.
What is the minimum size house I can build on my lot?
Each subdivision plat lists the minimum livable square footage required for each platted lot. Most subdivisions have a minimum of 800 or 1000 square feet for each lot.
Lake lots vary from 1200 square feet and up. Please review http://www.bvacc.com/permits/minimum-house-square-footage-by-subdivision/ to determine minimum square footage for the dwelling. Also note that a garage or carport is required and is not included in the minimum square footage.
How do I get an easement release?
Once you apply for your ACC building permit, a letter requesting an easement release will be drafted for you to take to Cooper Communities, Inc. (CCI) or we will send to CCI via email. The process takes 8-10 weeks.
Can I put a shed on my vacant lot next door to my house?
Yes, as long as there is a Covenant 15 document recorded at the County Clerk’s Office or an easement release has been granted. Check with the ACC for details. Please note that only lots with a common lot line to the residence are eligible for improvements.
Where do I find a copy of the Declaration and Protective Covenants?
Can I clear my vacant lot?
The ACC has no guidelines as far clearing a vacant lot, but you will want to check with City of Bella Vista Community Development Services Department for their requirements.