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If you live in Palos Verdes Estates you know that dealing with the Art Jury can be rough. But it doesn't have to be. I want to share some tips that I've learned in my 20 years of experience down here in the peninsula. They'll help you 'navigate the waters' when dealing with the Palos Verdes Art Jury and plan checkers.
If you are planning on remodeling your home and you live in the Palos Verdes Estates or Miraleste area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, you will have to deal with the Palos Verdes Homes Association (or PVHA) and Art Jury. In this article, I will cover important information that homeowners need to know if they are planning a major remodel of their house.
The PVHA & Art Jury have authority over all of Palos Verdes Estates, and the Miraleste neighborhood of RPV (the original planned city)
As a general contractor in the South Bay, I have been performing major home remodels throughout the last 17 years; dealing with the Art Jury is just a part of construction in Palos Verdes Estates.
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|IMPORTANT TIP: I recommend you get the architectural drawings approved by the Art Jury first so you don’t have to pay an engineer to redo work in the event that corrections cause a change to the structure.|
Plan check fees will be paid separately to the City, and Art Jury. There is a series of fees paid to the Art Jury that are different from the fees paid to the City of Palos Verde Estates. Depending on the size of your project, fees can range from $1,000 to $15,000. This is not part of the construction cost or architectural cost. Homeowners are responsible for paying these fees.
Any exterior work that impacts the look of the home, or the landscaping. In most cases, you will need site plans and wall elevations detailing the proposed work. Have pictures of the area handy in order to explain the totality of the work you’re proposing.
Are you making any exterior alterations? You'll need Art Jury approval for that!
Try and work with a single person, don’t bounce around with different plan checkers. Pick one and ask to speak with them consistently through the plan check process.
Do not turn in incomplete plans. They will just 'red ink' them to death and it shows that you are not an “A” player. They can smell inexperience from a mile away.
Never lose your cool and disrespect anyone at the counter. It will only make things worse. You may get frustrated because you don’t have to meet these requirements anywhere else (means absolutely squat to them) but people put up with it for a reason...the peninsula is a beautiful place to live.
Detailed Plans. Your set of plans should include a site plan and supporting elevations of exterior walls. Take pictures of the areas to be remodeled. The plans will need to have tremendous amounts of detail. Detailed drawings and detailed notations will be required.
Plan submission to the Art Jury will likely require 3-4x more drafting time than any other municipality. Do the work at the drafting table to avoid lost time, and engage in plan check reviews.
You will need to include details of window installations, roof tile installations supported with clear notations explaining the plans.
Request all corrections 'in writing': Once you have corrections, make an appointment with the plan checker and get them to completely explain the nature of the corrections so that you can provide the details they are looking for.
The goal is to get only 1 or 2 rounds of corrections, not 5 or 6. This only can only be achieved if you have a clear list of what needs to be addressed from the start. Oftentimes, the corrections will be short and unclear in specificity. A quick 20-minute conversation with the plan checker will prevent countless hours of frustration down the road.
The PV Art Jury in 1927. Courtesy of Daily Breeze.
Yes, dealing with the Art Jury can be frustrating at times, but I think it is important to maintain perspective; when it comes to architecture, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Dealing with the Art Jury doesn’t have to be an adversarial endeavor. Ultimately, people like living in Palos Verdes Estates because of its beauty. Regarding the Art Jury, love them or hate them, Palos Verdes is a beautiful place in many ways because of their efforts. They have been the guardian of ‘good taste’ since 1924.
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