In an effort to create and maintain a visually appealing, comfortable, and safe community, the Briar Chapel Community Association has created Design Guidelines for both Architectural Design and Landscaping. Before you make any alterations or additions to your house or garden you need to obtain approval from the Design Review Committee. This page shows you how to submit a Design Review Request.

Important Notes: These guidelines work together with the building codes of Chatham County NC. For most building alterations you will also need to file with the county for a building permit and obtain the necessary inspections. For more information go to Chatham County Permits and Inspections.

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to obtain both the Briar Chapel Design Review approval and any necessary Chatham County building permit before any work starts. The Briar Chapel Community Association does not keep track of county building permits nor does it express an opinion on a design’s compliance with the building codes.

Read the Guidelines: The guidelines include information on both architectural design and landscaping. Obtain a copy of the Briar Chapel Community Association Design Guidelines.

Complete the application: The application contains a checklist of all the information that is required. Omitting any of this information can delay your review. The application contains forms for both architectural and landscape review. Return only the applicable pages. Click here to go to the DRC application form and checklist.

Submit the application: There are several ways you can submit the application:

1) Electronically:

(Note that it is best to keep uploaded files to less than 15 MB in size. Experiment with your scanner’s resolution — 150 dpi should produce an acceptable reproduction of the material at acceptable file size.)

2) In Person: Bring the application to the office during business hours or drop it off in the after-hours box.

3) By Mail: Mail to Briar Chapel Design Reviews, 1600 Briar Chapel Parkway, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Pay the fees: There is a $25 fee for each application. Checks or Money Orders should be made out to Briar Chapel Community Association (BCCA). The fee must be received before the application will be reviewed. Right now we only accept the payment by check or Money Order. Bring the check to the office or mail it in.

For related questions call the Resident Services Director or the Community Manager at 919-240-4955 or email us at