Covenants & Bylaws
When you buy property in Governors Club you become a member of the Property Owners Association (POA). The POA is responsible for infrastructure throughout the community. This includes gates, roads, sidewalks, common area landscaping, storm water management and many other services similar to those provided by a small town to its residents. Water, fire and police services are provided by Chatham County.
The POA has governing documents in the form of Bylaws and Covenants.
- The Bylaws govern how the POA operates as a corporation (board meetings, duties of board members, election and voting etc.). Download the Bylaws.
- The Declaration of Covenants & Restrictions are designed to protect, maintain and improve the value of our homes, by establishing rules for our community. They are recorded in Chatham County records and are legally binding. Download the Covenants and the 41st Amendment to the Covenants.
Rules & Regulations
For a quick read, download the Rules and Regulations. It’s a copy of the Rules and Regulations for Governors Club which governs the community along with the Declaration of Covenants & Restrictions.
The Architectural Review Board (ARB) is a committee of Governors Club Property Owners Association (POA). The ARB has a minimum of 5 members including residents and professionals who have experience in architecture, construction and landscaping. The function of the ARB is to administer and perform the architectural and landscape review and control functions of the POA and other Associations within Governors Club. The Covenants provide that no improvements or alterations may be constructed, erected, removed, or planted, nor may any addition, or exterior change, replacement, or alteration be made, unless and until, the approval thereof is obtained in writing from the ARB.
If you are planning to build a new home, renovate the exterior of your existing home or changing the landscape or drainage, etc. please refer to the Guidelines and Procedures and Supplemental Guidelines (if applicable) for further information prior to starting any work. If building a new home, your builder will receive a contractor’s packet detailing all aspects of the construction process. At the successful completion of your new home, a “Certificate of Compliance” will be issued.
The ARB has published Guidelines and Procedures and Supplemental Guidelines to assist Property Owners, Homeowners, Architects, Landscape Architects, and General Contractors in designing and developing projects that will be harmonious with the character of Governors Club and compatible with the existing neighborhood in which they are sited. The ARB Guidelines and Procedures, is the guiding document utilized by the ARB when reviewing submitted applications. Some Governors Club neighborhoods, also known as Village Communities (sub-communities) have Supplemental Guidelines. These Village Communities include Club Cottages, Governors Square, Morehead Forest, Stone Brook, Tryon Courte, Vance Villas and Walker Falls. There are special color palettes, and architectural and landscaping requirements for building in Village Communities. In Club Cottages, Governors Square and Walker Falls, improvements must be situated on the lot in accordance with the recorded Plat. Club Cottages, Governors Square, Stone Brook, Tryon Courte, Vance Villa Single Family Homes and Walker Falls are based on models designed for each respective community. Due to intellectual property rights law, plans may not be copied and/or given out to anyone by the POA Staff. Property Owners should contact the architectural firms that created the original models for copies.
The ARB Guidelines and Procedures is a word searchable document. If you save the ARB Guidelines and Procedures to your device, the table of contents may also be utilized to skip to a specific section of the guidelines by pressing and holding the “control” button on your keyboard, and by clicking on the desired section within the table of contents.
Download the ARB Guidelines and Procedures
Download the Supplemental Guidelines