Covenant Administration

About the Department
The Covenant Administration Department provides the office support for Residential Design Review Committees.These are committees of community-elected representatives that serve as architectural control groups to protect the aesthetic character of the residential areas in The Woodlands. The department also supports the Development Standards Committee.

The Covenant Administration Department serves as the representative of the committees and provides services to residents and property owners of The Woodlands.

Covenants and Standards


The Woodlands Covenants and Residential Development Standards have been designed to put into place procedures that will carry forward The Woodlands development philosophy while enhancing the quality of life. 

The Woodlands Covenants and Standards:
    • Encourage environmental excellence. 
    • Preserve the design integrity and architectural quality of Woodlands dwellings. 
    • Prevent the deterioration of neighborhoods that inevitably follows an unregulated, laissez-faire philosophy of construction, maintenance and property use.
    • Uphold property values.
The Covenants and Standards, which apply to all properties in The Woodlands, require that the placement, construction, alteration or repair of any temporary or permanent structure or improvement on a lot with an existing single family dwelling must have the prior written approval of the Residential Design Review Committee or their designated staff. In addition to the Standards, Neighborhood Criteria establish more specific regulations which vary from one neighborhood to another. All improvements must also comply with the Neighborhood Criteria applicable to that lot.
The Woodlands Covenants and Residential Development Standards have been designed to put into place procedures that will carry forward The Woodlands development philosophy while enhancing the quality of life.