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The Governing Documents of Kingsgate Highlands 3 & 4 Homes Association, which can be found on the Documents page, contain the covenants, conditions, restrictions, and rules and regulations that apply to both individual lots and Common Areas. The Homeowner’s Guide summarizes these in “plain English”. Every homeowner and resident should be familiar with these documents. Because the rules for use of the Kingsgate 3 & 4 Park and Pool, architectural control procedures, and procedures for reporting covenant violations are of frequent interest, we’ve posted them here for ready reference.

Park Rules and Regulations

The Board of Trustees has adopted the following park rules:

  1. Park hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. unless a scheduled activity has been approved by the Board of Trustees. Unapproved after-hours activities are subject to prosecution under trespass laws.
  2. Use of the park is limited to members in good standing, their immediate families, and authorized guests.
  3. Organized team practices are not allowed in the park in order to keep it open for casual use.
  4. Members are responsible for their families and guests while in the park.
  5. No dogs are allowed in the park whether leashed or unleashed. No horses or other large animals are allowed in the park.
  6. No firearms or other dangerous weapons are allowed in the park.
  7. Conduct of a criminal or disorderly nature including abusive language, or conduct that restricts the enjoyment of others using the park is prohibited.
  8. The use of hard balls in the park is prohibited.
  9. Climbing is restricted to those items of playground equipment which were designed for climbing.
  10. Misuse of the park and playground equipment is not permitted.
  11. Motorized vehicles are restricted from the park unless authorized by the Board.
  12. Bicycles are restricted to the paved areas of the park.
  13. No fireworks in the park.
  14. The gazebo area can be reserved by members in good standing for groups of 75 or less. Call the park scheduler to reserve (see the Contact Us page); if you need to cancel your party, please call at least 24 hours in advance. The reserving member must be present during the party. Guests must obey all of the park rules. Parties may use the baseball field, horseshoes, volleyball equipment, and other equipment available for checkout from the pool house. Use of the pool is not included; regular pool rules and guest fees apply (see the Pool Rules below). Gazebo users, including those who did not formally reserve the area, are expected to pick up trash from all areas used by their party, empty small trash cans into the dumpster, sweep the gazebo, clean the tabletops and benches, and return all borrowed equipment to the lifeguards. Failure to clean may result in a $50 cleaning fee payable by the reserving member.
  15. No alcohol allowed to minors in the park.
  16. No smoking or other use of tobacco products in the park.

Any violation of the rules and regulations submitted in writing to the Board of Trustees and signed by one or more members may result in the suspension of the violator’s privileges to use park facilities. Violators will be notified of the date and time of a hearing.

  • First violation: Two week suspension.
  • Second violation: One month suspension.
  • Third and subsequent violations: Six month suspension.

Malicious damage or the destruction of common property may also result in suspension plus liability to reimburse the Association for damages.

Pool Rules

The Board of Trustees has adopted the following rules governing use of the pool.

  1. Admittance to the pool is restricted to members in good standing of Kingsgate Highlands Divisions 3 & 4 Homes Association, and their guests.
  2. All persons entering the pool must check in at the desk and give their name and lot number. Guest must also give an emergency contact telephone number.
  3. No glass, sharp-pointed, breakable, or other dangerous objects are permitted in the pool area.
  4. Any child in the wading area must be accompanied by an adult. No other persons are allowed in this area.
  5. Any child 8 years of age or younger who cannot swim at least one length of the pool must be accompanied by an adult or person considered competent by the pool staff.
  6. Conduct of a disorderly nature, including abusive language, will not be permitted.
  7. Admission will be refused to any person with an infectious disease, open sore, or wound. All bandages must be removed.
  8. State Law requires that all people using the pool must take a full shower (hair included) with soap and water before entering the pool.
  9. No metal hair clips, baby oil, or tanning oil while in the pool.
  10. No pets allowed in the pool area.
  11. No alcoholic beverages or smoking allowed in the pool area.
  12. No swimming in street clothes permitted (including cut-off shorts, halter tops, etc.). Clean T-shirts and lightweight shorts may be worn over swimsuits at lifeguard discretion.
  13. Non-potty-trained swimmers must wear swim diapers; no regular disposable or cloth diapers are permitted in the pool, and non-potty trained swimmers may not enter the pool without a diaper.
  14. No running on the decks or walkways in the pool area.
  15. No water toys or floatation devices are to be used without permission from the pool staff.
  16. Children requiring floatation devices (rings, water-wings, etc.) must be within arm’s length of an adult supervisor who is in the water.
  17. No loud playing of tape decks or radios.
  18. Lifeguards have the right to refuse pool use to any patron who disrupts a safe pool environment.
  19. Adult swim time is for adults only. The baby pool is not open at that time. Children are not to be in the pool area during adult swim.
  20. Family swim time is set aside for immediate families only. Please do not bring in all the neighborhood kids posing as your family.
  21. The occupant of the Kingsgate property is assumed to have all park and pool privileges in rental situations unless the renter has been removed from the privileges list and replaced by the homeowner. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to notify the Board of this decision, in writing.
  22. Pool hours will be posted at the pool and published in the Association newsletter before each swimming season. The hours are subject to change, such as to accommodate swim meets and other special events.

Violation of pool rules will result in the following penalties:

  • First Violation (after verbal warning): Choice of two week suspension, or cleaning duties (including locker rooms)
  • Second Violation: One month pool suspension.
  • Third Violation: Pool privileges suspended for the remainder of the summer, or up to 180 days.

For each action, the parents or guardians of children involved will be contacted by the pool staff or the Board of Trustees.

Guests of members will pay $2.00 per person per day. However, overnight guests will not be charged if a parent informs a staff member at least 24 hours before use of the pool. Guests are limited to 1 per child, 2 per adult member, but may be further limited by pool staff if crowded conditions warrant.

Architectural Control Committee

The Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”) is appointed by the Board of Trustees. It consists of three or more members, who may be Trustees or other Association members.

Before you do any construction on your property, you must obtain the permission of the ACC. This includes buildings, fences, walls, garages, carports, playhouses, storage sheds, swimming pools, light poles, basketball backboards and poles, or any other permanent structure. Also, if you make any changes to anything on the outside of your house, such as changing the paint color or major landscaping changes, you must get ACC permission. Maintenance which does not change the property but simply replaces an existing feature does not require permission (such as repainting the same color).

To obtain ACC permission to do exterior work on your property, all you need to do is mail, email, or deliver to the ACC a written description of the work. The amount of detail required depends on the size of the job. For example, if you’re going to change the paint color, a letter including paint samples will do. But if you want to add on to your house, build a new fence, build a playhouse or storage shed, or other major project, you will need to submit plans showing the location on the property, the dimensions and height, the materials to be used, and as much other detail as possible. If you have discussed the plans with your neighbors and found that they have no objection, it would be helpful to include their comments with your plans.

When the ACC receives your plans, it will study them to insure they are in harmony with the external design and location of surrounding structures, quality of materials, and the lay of the land. The ACC may disapprove your plans for any reason, including purely aesthetic reasons. ACC decisions are final and binding.

You will be notified within 30 days of submitting your plans whether the ACC approved or disapproved. If you do not hear from the ACC within 30 days, you can assume that your plans are approved. If your plans are not approved, the ACC may say what changes need to be made to obtain approval if you choose to resubmit your plans.

You may not start work until you receive approval or 30 days have passed. If you go ahead and make exterior changes without submitting plans to the ACC for approval, or after the plans having been disapproved, the Association may sue you to have your property restored to its previous condition. The fact that the Association may not have sued someone else in the past to restore their property does not prevent the Association from doing so in the future.

Reporting Violations of Covenants and Other Rules

If you become aware that one of your neighbors is breaking one of the covenants, conditions, restrictions, bylaws, or other Association rules, you should first bring this to the attention of your neighbor yourself; they may not even be aware that the rule exists or that they are in violation. If they correct the problem to your satisfaction, no further action is necessary on your part.

If, after you have asked them, your neighbor refuses to correct the problem, you should check the Homeowner’s Guide to see if the rule being broken is a subdivision plat restriction (“PR”), covenant (“DCCR”) or By-Law (“BL”), or if it is a county ordinance (“CKC”) or state law (“RCW”). If it is a county ordinance or state law, you will need to call the King County Sheriff, code enforcement, or other governmental authority and file a complaint. If you would like help determining the type of violation, the right government agency to contact, or need any other help with this process, please contact the President of the Association.

If the rule being broken is a restriction, covenant, or by-law, and you would like the Board of Trustees to become involved in enforcing the rule, email, mail or deliver a letter to the Board of Trustees. This letter must include your name, address, and telephone number; the address at which the violation is occurring; the rule that is being violated; and, a detailed description of what you believe is being done that is in violation of that rule. Anonymous complaints will not be accepted; however, if you request in your letter, the Board will keep your identity confidential during further handling of the complaint. Feel free to contact the President of the Association at any time to discuss potential covenant or by-law violations.

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