Frequently Asked Questions

Architectural Review Committee
  • chevron_rightDo I need permission from the Architectural Review Committee to Repair or Paint my house?
    Repairs that do not alter the exterior appearance of your property do not require ARC approval. These include like-for-like repairs and replacements that do not change the size, texture, type of materials, and/or color of the home.
    For changes that alter the appearance of your home, see Residents > Architectural Review for instructions and application forms.
  • chevron_rightDo I need approval before I remove Trees on my property?
    Trees that are either dead or dying do not need prior approval and should, of course, be removed as promptly as possible. If the tree is in the front or side yard, the stump must also be removed and ground. Sod or mulch must be replaced so that there is no evidence of the original tree.
    If the tree had been used to mask an area of the property such as pool equipment, then the tree must be replaced as soon as possible. All trees planted in the front or side yards of a property must be approved by the ARC before planting.
Association Dues
Association Rules
  • chevron_rightWhat Yard Signs are permitted?
    The only yard signs permitted are House for Sale signs, political candidate signs, and small congratulatory signs, such as graduation. Permissible signs must be less that 6 square feet in size, and must be removed promptly after an event. Contractor signs or advertising signs are NOT permitted. 
  • chevron_rightMay I hold a Garage Sale?
    You may occasionally advertise and host your own garage sale. Remember that the City of Brentwood and the Princeton Hills HOA prohibit homes from commercial or retail use, so make sure garage sales are not your regular business.
    You are warned not to place advertising signs at the entrances until early on weekend mornings. If signs are placed in the easements along public roads on weekdays, the city workers will remove them. They can be retrieved during business hours M-F at Public Works.
    If you place advertising on a neighbor's property, ask first. In your newspaper ad or social media advertising, ask that cars be parked on just one side of the street. 
    The Princeton Hills HOA advertises and sanctions the Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale on the first Saturday in May.
  • chevron_rightHow do I maintain or replace my Mailbox?
    Mailbox Maintenance
    Question: What do I do if my mailbox is damaged or needs painting?
    Answer: It is the responsibility of each homeowner to maintain his or her own mailbox. The mailbox must match all other mailboxes and shall be kept in good repair and painted glossy black. Periodically, the management company may send an email to all residents to announce the availability of a private company or painter for hire for such work.
    Question: How do I get my mailbox REPLACED?
    Answer: All mailboxes in Princeton Hills must match the black metal/iron standard as provided by Rodney Jarvis of Jarvis Signs, (615)865-6062 or Jarvis offers complete replacement and installation of the pole, box, number plate, flag and decorative filigree. 
    Question: What if I just need a new receptacle box or flag, not the pole or number plate?
    Answer: If you just need a new receptacle box, it can be purchased at Lowe's and installed yourself. Gibraltar Industries 11.7-in W x 15-in H x 24.8-in D Metal Black Post Mount Mailbox, Item # 217532 Model # ST200B00. The cost is about $37.00.
    Question: Can I paint my mailbox myself?
    Answer: Yes, it is advisable for residents to periodically maintain their mailboxes. Paulette Walsh keeps the extra paint that matches all the mailboxes. Contact her at 616-497-0049 to pick up a container of paint.
    Or, if you choose to purchase your own paint, buy a direct-to-metal glossy black paint like the one that was originally used: Sherwin Williams PRO Industrial Urethane Alkyd Enamel, Black. It’s an oil based paint that requires turpentine or paint thinner clean-up.
    Question: How do I prevent bird droppings from making my mailbox and post look messy?
    Answer: After cleaning the box and post, you can use a product called TangleFoot, which is a tube of a sticky substance that must be applied with a caulking gun. You apply the Tanglefoot in a straight line all along the top edge of your post and on the ball. This prevents the birds from landing on your mailbox post. Paulette Walsh keeps several tubes of Tanglefoot that belongs to the Association and can be borrowed. Contact Paulette at 616-497-0049 to borrow a tube of Tanglefoot with the caulking gun.
Safety and Security
  • chevron_rightHow do I report a burned out or flickering street light?
    You can contact the City of Brentwood Public Works at 615-371-0080.
  • chevron_rightDoes Princeton Hills have Video Cameras?
    Video Cameras
    Mindful of neighborhood car break-ins and burglaries in the greater Brentwood community, your Princeton Hills Board of Directors arranged for video surveillance cameras to be installed, along with signage alerting visitors to our neighborhood's 24-hour video surveillance. Since the installation of the surveillance cameras in 2013, the number of reported car and home incidents in our neighborhood has been dramatically reduced. It is our hope that, in conjunction with the Neighborhood Watch initiative, this addition will make our neighborhood safer and more secure for years to come.
    Residents with login credentials can learn more about the video cameras at Residents > Security.
  • chevron_rightWhat is the Neighborhood Watch Program?
    Neighborhood Watch
    What is the purpose of Neighborhood Watch?
    • The program is a partnership between the neighborhood and the police department for the purpose of increasing awareness and prevention of crime. Neighbors are extra eyes and ears for the police department.
    • Our Neighborhood Watch Captain will send periodic emails that offer security reminders, tips, alerts and crime reports.
    How can I foster awareness and action with the Neighborhood Watch program?
    • Wave your hand to greet everyone who drives into our neighborhood. That lets visitors know that you are aware and watching. It also fosters friendliness and cooperation among neighbors.
    What should I do if I seen something suspicious?
    • CALL the Brentwood Police immediately. The non-emergency number is 371-0160.
    What if I hear a car alarm or house alarm for more than 30 seconds?
    • Call the Brentwood Police immediately at 371-0160.
    How can I prevent theft from my vehicle parked overnight in my driveway?
    • Do not store any valuables in your car, ever.
    • Lock your car.
    • Leave your eave lights shining on the car during the night.
    • Use motion lights around the perimeter of your home.
    How can I prevent burglary of my home?
    • Lock your doors and windows.
    • Set your security alarm system, day and night.
    • Set timers to operate lights and sounds at irregular intervals.
    • Do not discuss travel plans with workers in your home.
    • Do not announce travel plans on social media.
    How can the police department help me to prevent crime at my home?
    • Ask the Brentwood Police to come to your home for their FREE Home Security Survey. They will offer personalized ideas to improve the security of your home.
    Who can I contact within my neighborhood with questions about Neighborhood Watch?
    • Our Neighborhood Watch Captain for Princeton Hills is John Lynch at (615) 406-5018 or
  • chevron_rightHow should I handle Solicitors?
    Does the City of Brentwood have a law regarding solicitors?
    • For other than religious groups, a solicitor's permit is required for both profit and non-profit organizations to solicit door-to-door in the City of Brentwood.
    Why does the City of Brentwood have a law regarding soliciting?
    • The law is in place to keep residents safe by screening people who approach residents' homes on private property. 
    A solicitor from a religious organization told me that he does not need a permit. Is that true?
    • That is true. Religious organizations are exempt from our city requirement to have solicitor permits, as protected by federal law. You may choose whether or not to answer your door.
    How does a solicitor get a permit?
    • Permits must be obtained through an application process through the City of Brentwood Business Clerk.
    How are solicitors to know about the soliciting rules in Princeton Hills?
    • Princeton Hills has posted 'No Soliciting' signs at both entrances.
    What should I do if a solicitor comes to my home?
    • If a solicitor comes to your door, the Princeton Hills board members request that you do not answer your door. If you have a glass door and they can see you through the door, keep the door closed and ask to see their soliciting permit. They are required to show it to you if you ask. They are not required to continually display their permit or wear an ID badge on their lapel. If your curiosity gets the best of you, or if you meet a solicitor while you are outdoors, please ask immediately to see their permit for soliciting. If they do not have a permit, ask them to leave the neighborhood and call the police at 615-371-0160.
    How can my neighbors and I discourage solicitors?
    • Remember what your mother taught you: DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR TO STRANGERS. You really don't know if a person will barge in to harm you. The best way to discourage solicitors is not open your home to them. If a solicitor knocks on ten doors and ten people ask for their permit, do not open the door and send them away, then the solicitor will leave and try another area.
    What else can I do to discourage solicitors?
    • Post a small label or professionally lettered small sign on your door or near your door bell.” No Soliciting” or “This is a No Soliciting Neighborhood” would be appropriate.
Trash and Recycling
  • chevron_rightWhat are the Trash and Recycling Policies?
    Garbage and recycling collection is paid for by your homeowners’ association dues.
    Garbage Policies
    1) Please have ALL garbage BAGGED AND TIED in your own plastic bags with any size can. This is for the cleanliness of your neighborhood and the safety of our workers.
    2) Please put GARBAGE by your garage before 7:00 am for collection on Mondays & Thursdays.
    3) We are NOT able to haul away the following items:
    o Glass, Styrofoam, Tires, Paint, Oils, Batteries, Medical Waste, Construction Materials
    4) Call to schedule Additional Services available for an additional fee to the individual customer:
    o Yard Waste Collection. See Yard Waste Policies below.
    o Large Item Removal
    o Christmas Tree Disposal. Call before January 1 to schedule and prepay.
    Recycling Policies
    1) If you would like to participate in our Cardboard Recycling Program, new customers must call Elite and ask them to put your address on the collection list. (615) 626-4146
    2) Brown, gray and white cardboard, including milk cartons and ice cream containers, are accepted.
    3) Drink boxes and broth boxes are not accepted because they are lined with aluminum.
    4) Cardboard recycling must be clean and flattened, may be loose or tied, and may be stacked or in a bin of your choice.
    5) Please put cardboard by your garage before 7:00 am on the first and third Wednesdays.
    6) Cardboard recycling is taken to Westrock Recycling in Nashville for bundling, then to Westrock in Chattanooga for sorting, distributing and re-purposing.
    Yard Waste Policies
    We offer three options to help you dispose of your leaves, clippings, weeds, limbs, and branches.
    ** Do not mix garbage or food with yard waste, for it will contaminate the composting process.**
    1) For monthly collection, the City of Brentwood will collect your yard waste in paper landscape bags, as well as tree/brush limbs during the first week of each month. The limbs must be stacked in your yard near the curb with the cut ends toward the street. Tree branches must be lass that 6 inches in diameter so they will fit into the chipper. The paper bags of natural yard clippings should be folded closed and placed near the limbs. The homeowner must sweep the street after the yard waste is collected. The city composts yard waste to use in city parks and there is no fee for this government service.
    2) For on-demand collection of BAGGED yard waste, you may contact Elite Sanitation to request service on your next trash collection day. Call in advance and prepay for the number of bags that you will leave to be collected. Paper or plastic bags must not weigh more than 40 pounds each since the driver must lift them overhead to place in the truck.
    up to 33 gallon bag, $5.00 per bag
    over 34 gallon bag, $10.00 per bag
    Call (615) 626-4146 to schedule and prepay for yard waste collection. If no answer, send a text and you will get a call back.
    3) For immediate yard waste disposal, county residents may take yard waste to the Williamson County Convenience Center at 1495 Sneed Road West (near Hillsboro Road) in Brentwood. If you use plastic bags, the yard waste must be emptied into the designated bin without the plastic. Or, if you use paper landscape bags, you can toss the whole bag into the bin. Limbs and branches can be tossed into the bin.
    Holiday Schedule – Office and operations closed
    If your collection day falls on one of the holidays, your pick up will be on the next scheduled day,
    or the following Saturday, whichever comes first.
    New Year’s Day.   Memorial Day.   Independence Day.   Labor Day.   Thanksgiving Day.   Christmas Day
    If you have any questions, concerns or a missed pick up, please contact us right away:
    ELITE Sanitation, Franklin, Tennessee
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    (615) 626-4146
  • chevron_rightWhat items can be Recycled?
    NOTE: As of January 1, 2021, only Cardboard is collected on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. 
    Cardboard Recycling for Princeton Hills Residents
    The only product collected for recycling is Cardboard. If you wish to use the recycling service, you must contact ELITE Sanitation at 615-626-4146 so we can send the separate recycling truck to those select customers. There is no additional charge to the homeowner.
    Please put CARDBOARD by your garage before 7:00 am on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
    1. Cardboard must be clean, dry and flattened.
    2. Packaging material like Styrofoam, plastic filler or bubble wrap must be removed.
    3. Labels and tape do not need to be removed.
    4. Place flattened cardboard in a stack on the ground, or in a bin, or in your blue trash can.
    5. Recycling is taken to Westrock Recycling in Nashville for bundling, then to Westrock in Chattanooga for sorting, distributing and repurposing.
    Types of Cardboard Accepted:
    Brown corrugated cardboard (mailing boxes and electronics boxes)
    Gray paperboard boxes (cereal, crackers, eggs, toothpaste, tissue, shoes, soft drinks, beer, gift boxes, etc.)
    White paperboard (wraps for frozen food, electronics)
    Brown paper bags, manila folders
    Milk cartons, ice cream containers (must be clean and dry)
    NOT Accepted:
    Juice boxes, almond milk boxes, broth boxes because they are lined with aluminum.
    Elite Sanitation 615-626-4146
    If you are committed to recycling, you may take other sorted recyclables to any
    Williamson County Convenience Center.
    Metal Cans - Please empty and rinse aluminum, tin, and steel cans
    Plastic – Please empty, rinse and flatten all types 1-7 with a recyclable symbol ♺
    Mixed Paper - paper, newspaper, magazines, paperback books, junk mail, non-metallic gift wrap
    Glass Bottles and Jars – sorted into Clear, Green, Brown
    Nearest Convenience Center:
    Brentwood Recycling Center
    1301 Wilson Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027