Built Privacy Screens
For members who want privacy from the street or their next-door neighbor or simply need to block an unsightly view, your options were expanded by GHI’s Board in May of 2019. For the new rules and procedures, see the Privacy Screen section of the Member Handbook.

  1. If your needs would be covered under the existing/long-standing limitations, just submit your application (found at the GHI offices) to the Tech Services Dept  Those limitations/rules are that members may have 1 or 2 built screens, up to 48 square feet each. The square footage can be configured in various ways, but cannot be taller than 6 feet. If members have 2 screens, they must be at least 4 feet apart.
  2. If you need more than that, or don’t know what you need, contact the Gardening Subcommittee of the Architectural Review Committee for a design consultation/brainstorming session in your yard. (email: ghigardening@gmail.com) The subcommittee will help you design a screening solution that could be approved on a streamlined basis.

Scroll down for a slide show of different types of attractive screening. Tall screens surrounding entire back yards (so common in back yards of townhouses) are not included here, as they’re unlikely to ever be approved by GHI. Custom-designed screens still need to retain as much of Greenbelt’s historic and unique openness as possible. Pinterest is also a great place to find screen designs.

Trellis or Lattice

If you want to erect a lattice or trellis, check the newly clarified rules to make sure it don’t need to be approved as a privacy screen (because it provides screening).¬†Click here for examples of approved lattice and trellis types and costs, including some that are movable (and require no permit)

This blog post covers why simple lines (in privacy screens and lattices) are required under GHI rules, in order for them to complement, not clash with, GHI’s architecture.

The fabric could be seasonal only – temporary.
Evergreen vines like this (native) BIgnonia provide privacy on a lattice, but require sun.
Could be seasonal only, being stored for the winter.
Temporary solution for some privacy, no bugs. Costs about $280.