Several associations administer and enforce private restrictive or protective covenants governing certain properties in the Town of Southern Shores. The private covenants are agreements between the property owner and the governing association, and include each association’s process for approving proposed improvements on a property. The Town of Southern Shores is not a party to private restrictive or protective covenants administered by any association. Therefore, the Town is not involved in the administration or enforcement of the private covenants. As a courtesy, the Town of Southern Shores gladly cooperates with both property owners and associations by notifying, when possible, Town-administered permit applicants that they may also need to seek approval from a covenant-governing association. http://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Private-Property-Owners-Assoc-SSCA-CPOA2.pdf Any dispute regarding the administration or enforceability of a private covenant is a civil matter between the property owner and the covenant-governing association. The Town of Southern Shores may not withhold issuance of any Town-administered permit (building permit, site plan approval, building permit, lot disturbance and storm water management permit, zoning permit, etc.) to compel a property owner’s compliance with a private covenant.