BRCA Rules

To protect the people and preserve the property of Bay Ridge, the community observes the following rules.


  • Off-street parking only
  • No parking or storing of trailers or other vehicles on Bay Ridge Commons
  • Police will enforce parking violations


  • Owners must keep control of all animals
  • Please be kind and clean up after your dog

Private Piers

  • Owners may not rent boat slips
  • Anne Arundel County zoning prohibits rentals

Trash Collection

  • Trash: Monday
  • Recycling: Monday
  • Yard waste: Mondays in April-December

Beach Fires

County Code: Article 14, Title 7, Section 7-204, states:

Fires are allowed if they are less than one cubic yard (3′x3′x3′). Fires of this size do not fall under the summer outdoor burning ban, according to the Air Quality Control office. But please use common sense.

NOTE: Fires shall be attended at all times by a responsible adult (18 year of age or older).


  • Choose your location carefully, away from beach boats.
  • Be aware of wind direction to protect the fragile ecosystem (grasses, plants, nests, etc.).
  • Build a ring out of rocks to make a fire pit away from swim/play areas to keep soot contained.
  • Be sure to extinguish fires with water completely before leaving the beach. Covering the fire with sand does not extinguish the fire. Instead it insulates the hot coals and fills the pits with sand.
  • Bring your own firewood.
  • Clean up the area before leaving the beach.
  • Minimize smoke.
  • Remove your trash.


  • Start a fire if there is a brisk wind, very dry conditions or a pollution alert.
  • Burn green wood, treated wood, painted wood, or logs larger than 6 inches in diameter (split them first).
  • Don’t burn pallets or any wood containing nails or other hardware.
  • Leave open or smoldering fires unattended or leave without putting out your fire.
  • Use accelerants such as lighter fluid, as they leave pollution and poisons in the sand and the air. Paper and kindling are preferred fire starter material.
  • Burn trash or debris. Most trash gives off pollution and poisonous gases.

If the police or fire departments ask you to put out a fire, please comply.

Email Policy

BRCA notifies members about community news, events and activities via email to all those who have provided an email address. The notification system is considered a member benefit. Member names and email addresses will not be shared or used for any other purpose.

A volunteer coordinates distribution and all requests are reviewed before sending to the BRCA membership.  Emails are intended to be outgoing, newsworthy items of general interest.

Not all requests are appropriate for general distribution, such as:

  • Commercial advertisements
  • Classified ads
  • Personal emails
  • Endorsements

Please do not use residents’ contact information for personal solicitation purposes.

Questions about rules?