If your neighborhood has been platted it is likely to have a set of Protective Covenants and Restrictions that are imposed upon each lot in your neighborhood. These covenants can address a host of matters as varied as property setback lines, existence of outbuildings, square footage of principal residence, approval of outdoor signs and construction of fences. They can be changed with support of a majority of property owners in the neighborhood.

Many newer neighborhoods, or subdivisions, have restrictive covenants, while older and more urban neighborhoods often do not.

To find and view neighborhood restrictive covenants, visit the Allen County Recorder's Office Neighborhood Resource Center. You may also call 260-449-7165 or visit the Recorder's Office at 1 E. Main St., Room 100.