Restrictive Covenants


The rules of the Black Horse Run Homeowners Association (BHR HOA) are described in what is called the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs). A summary of our community’s CC&R’s are provided below for your convenience. For in-depth information, please refer to the complete restrictive covenants as filed with Durham County.

  1. No animals or poultry of any kind may be kept or maintained on any of said lots, except dogs, cats and horses. One horse per half acre of property (runoff, odor and insects must be controlled). There is a leash law in effect for the county. Please keep your dogs on your own property. When walking your dog, please clean up any fecal material.

  2. No permanent parking will be permitted on any road right-of-way (30 ft from centerline of road). No inoperable, unregistered, or junked vehicles shall be kept on any lot.

  3. There is reserved an easement for landscaping purposes in favor of the Association along the right-of-way slopes in the subdivision

  4. Trash, garbage, or other waste shall be kept in sanitary containers which are screened from view and located behind main residence, except that containers may be placed at the roadside up to twenty-four (24) hours prior to scheduled garbage collection. Containers must be removed from the curb by the end of the pickup day. No trash accumulation within the 50 ft vegetated buffer on each bank of the stream flowing thru the property. No portion of any lot shall be used as a dumping ground for rubbish or other refuse.

  5. No motorized vehicles shall be allowed to use trails (except for maintenance purposes). Trails are for walking, hiking, horseback riding and jogging only.

  6. All signs to be placed within the subdivision must be approved; no signs allowed on the road shoulder. Only one sign per residence shall be permitted. Maximum sign dimensions are 30 inches in width and 45 inches in height.  The height dimension is to be measured from the top of the sign to the ground. 

  7. No structures including fences and walls shall be built, nor any alteration (including color changes) made to any existing building or structure, until plans have been submitted and approved in writing by the Architectural Review Committee.

  8. No chain link fence is allowed. No fence or wall having a height in excess of 42 inches shall be permitted on any lot between the building line and road line.

  9. No noxious or offensive trade or activity shall be carried on upon any lot, nor shall anything be done thereon which may become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood.

  10. No mobile home or parks shall be allowed or maintained. No trailer, basement, tent, shack, garage, or similar structure (perm or temp) shall be used at any time as a residence.

  11. No satellite dish or other similar structure, except a well house, may be located in front of the main residence. In addition, any satellite dish placed upon a lot must be located behind the main residence and screened from public view.

  12. Only Black Horse Run approved mail box posts may be used. (Available for purchase from the Architectural Review Committee.)  Please maintain the appearance of your post.

  13. Barns must be in the rear of house, or in the absence of a residence, any barn or outbuilding must be located on rear one-third of the property.

  14. Propane tanks must be in rear of house, either buried or screened from view, including all neighbors. A BHR approved screening diagram is available from the Architectural Review Committee.

  15. All campers, boats, recreational vehicles, horse trailers and similar towed are permitted to be parked on the home owner’s property provided that:

    • The vehicle is currently licensed for operation to a member of the immediate household

    • The vehicle is stored as follows:

      • garaged, or off the street, and not infringing on any easement, right-of-way septic area designated by the County.

      • If specific lot conditions preclude one of the above options, a suitable site must be approved in advance by the Architectural Review Committee

  16. No oversized commercial vehicles shall be permanently or temporarily kept, parked, consistently used or maintained on any public or private street or right of way, on any driveway, or within the boundaries of any lot in the Property, except that the Board of Directors of the Association may from time to time, in its discretion, establish terms and conditions which allow such vehicles to be parked temporarily in designated areas. The term “oversized commercial vehicles” for the purpose of this restriction shall mean any motor vehicle (or trailer) which is larger in size or capacity than:

    • overall length exceeds 228 inches.

    • overall height exceeds 90 inches.

    • wheelbase exceeds 140 inches.

    • rated payload capacity exceeds 4,500 pounds; or

    • more than 4 wheels

    • vehicle is either then in use in a trade or business or other commercial enterprise, or generally believed to be available for such use.

  17. Nothing herein shall prevent the short-term operation of trucks, trailers or moving vans in or about the Project for the sole purpose of delivering or relocating the household goods or possessions of owners within the Property. The Board of Directors of the Association may, in its sole and unbridled discretion, grant a temporary waiver of the restriction upon a Member’s written application thereof.