Residential Allocations


Both an allocation and development right are required in order to build a residential unit. A development right is one-half of what is required in order to build a residential unit. Typically each undeveloped residential lot has one development right associated with it. If more than one housing unit is proposed for a site, additional development rights need to be purchased and transferred to the parcel to match the allocations received.

An allocation is the other half of what is required in order to build a residential unit. When matched with a development right, it allows the property owner to submit plans for construction of a new residential unit. A Residential Allocation Application (PDF) must be completed and submitted to the Planning Division.

Available Allocations

The City of South Lake Tahoe has received residential allocations from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) to distribute for the 2017/2018 calendar years. Allocations are received from TRPA every two years. The next distribution will be in the Spring of 2019.

City of South Lake Tahoe Resolution Number 2015-7 adopted by the City Council revised the residential allocation distribution as follows:

- Assign 49% of the allocations for town centers in the Area Plans to incentivize development and revitalization;

- Assign the remaining 51% of allocations between multi-family (1/3) and single family residences (2/3);


Upon receipt of residential allocations issued by the TRPA, Permit Center staff contacts the initial people on the waiting list in numerical order. The property owner is given 30 days to accept, rescind, or pay a new application fee to go to the bottom of the waiting list.

If an allocation is rescinded permit staff will contact property owners next in line and give them the opportunity to accept an allocation. For additional information please view our Single Family Allocation Handout (PDF) and Multi-Family Allocation Handout (PDF).

Waiting Lists:

You may view the current residential allocation waiting lists below:

  • Multi-Family Allocation Waiting List - Currently, as of October 2017 there are no applicants on the waiting list. There are multi-family allocations available to accept immediately in both residential and town center areas.
  • Single Family Allocation Waiting List (PDF) - Currently all of the 2016/2017 single family allocations have been accepted.
  • Town Center Allocation Waiting List - Currently there is not a waiting list within the Town Centers

Private Market Allocations

If there are no allocations available through the City allocation pool or you wish to build without waiting to be offered a City allocation, you may purchase allocations on the open market through a private party. A local realtor may be able to help with the process or you may visit the Tahoe Regional Agency (TRPA) TRR Marketplace website. If you purchase an allocation from a private party you will need to complete a Transfer of Rights process with both the City and TRPA.


For additional information, please contact Permit Center staff at (530) 542-6020 or (530) 542-6010.