Make Home & Landscape Changes

If you want to make changes to your home or landscape, you may need to get approval from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) the Issaquah Highlands homeowners association Architectural Review Committee (ARC). This includes modifications to your home’s exterior, fencing, and yard.

The ARC meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The deadline for ARC application submissions is seven days before the meeting date. Click here to learn more about the ARC.

Questions? Email asktheihca@ihcommunity.org or call 425-427-9257.

Select from the categories below to find relevant IHCA guidelines and applications for making changes to your home or landscape. The general ARC application covers most requested changes, unless otherwise noted.

Find ARC Guidelines and Applications

Architectural Review FAQs

Why does Issaquah Highlands have architectural standards?

The Issaquah Highlands Architectural Standards were created to provide design guidance and standards for builders and homeowners. The IHCA Board of Directors governs over the Architectural Standards and works to evolve the guidelines as the community matures.

Read the IHCA’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions governing document to learn more

What is the Architectural Review Committee (ARC)?

The IHCA Board of Directors appoints volunteer members to the ARC and grants the ARC review authority. The committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to review resident-submitted home and landscape modification applications.

Learn more about the ARC committee

How do I submit an ARC application?

ARC application packages must be received by the ARC at least seven days before the next scheduled ARC meeting. ARC meetings are regularly held on the first Tuesday of each month (check the community calendar for dates). Any applications received less than seven days before the next scheduled ARC meeting will not be reviewed and considered by the ARC until the following meeting.

Email applications to Blair.k@ihcommunity.org or mail to the following address:  

IHCA ARC c/o IHCA Offices
2520 NE Park Drive, Suite B
Issaquah, WA 98029

How will I know if I receive ARC approval for my project?

You will be notified of the ARC’s decision, via email or standard mail, within one week after the ARC meeting. All projects must be started and completed within one year of application. Once your project has commenced, it must be diligently pursued without delays until complete. If the project is not completed in the allotted time, a new application must be submitted for approval. Projects that are still incomplete within one year of commencing construction can result in non-compliance and fine notices.

What happens if I don’t receive ARC approval?

Violations will be issued for any residential architectural project which has not been approved by the IHCA ARC. Violations may also be issued for any residential architectural projects which have been approved by the IHCA ARC but deviate from the scope of the approved ARC project or are in violation of the IHCA’s governing documents.

Learn more about the fine process

Have questions about making changes to your home or landscape?

Call the IHCA at 425-427-9257 or send an email. 

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