In addition to associations, local governments often regulate construction projects. If the county or municipality where your association is located has building codes or requires that building permits be obtained, remember that those building codes are minimum requirements. If your association has more restrictive architectural restrictions, they are enforceable as well. For example, if the local codes set the maximum height of a gazebo or covered patio at 18 feet, your association can set a lower height limit. Make sure your members know that simply obtaining a permit does not guarantee association approval.