Development Services 

Effective November 17th, until further notice, Development Services' Counter Service will be closed.  Employees are available to the public either by e-mail or telephone

November 16th Public Service Announcement 


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The mission of the Development Services Department is to improve community livability, promote the local economy, and preserve Tahoe’s environmental identity through collaboration.

Development Services Department is located at:
1052 Tata Lane
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Development Services: (530) 542-6010; email permitcenter@cityofslt.us

*Frequently Asked Questions

Development Services Functions:

Building Services

Permit Center

Planning Services

Housing Services

Development Services Department Staff Directory


ACCESSING "ESSENTIAL" BUILDING & PLANNING SERVICES

March 18, 2020

To ensure the safety of our residents, patrons and employees, the City’s Development Services Department is making every effort to protect public health while maintaining essential services until the health risks have been reduced. The City of South Lake Tahoe is looking to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), State of California and EL Dorado County for guidance on best practices related to the COVID-19 health concerns.


Building Services


Building Permit Applications and Plan Review Options

Those interested in submitting a Building Permit application for Plan Review may do so by using our electronic submittal process. Choose the appropriate checklist and application(s) for your project, and follow the instructions for submittal. Plan Review applications will be reviewed utilizing our digital plan check procedures. Questions, corrections and/or notifications regarding the application will be emailed to the applicant.

Please visit our How To Guide to see the 5 Simple Steps for submitting a Building Permit application for Plan Reviews.


Upon completion, Over The Counter Permits can be emailed to the Permit Center.  We will return a copy of the permit and receipt, and you can begin your project. If you have additional questions, please contact the Permit Center at (530) 542-6010 or email us.

Inspection Services Requests

All requests for inspection services will be evaluated by the Building Official daily. The assigned Building Inspector will then contact you prior to the inspection by phone or email to inform you if the inspection request can be accommodated. Please note that all “Non-Essential inspections” may be postponed at this time. Inspectors may also be able to conduct a video inspection that will require relaying information, photos or video to the inspector for review.

If you are in need of “essential” and/or qualify for video inspection services, please contact the Development Services Department Inspection Line at (530) 542-6017. We will make every effort to schedule your inspection.

Restaurant Outdoor Seating Inspections

For information on temporary outdoor seating for restaurants relocating seating due to COVID-19 related occupancy regulations please view the Winter Guidelines for Temporarily Relocating Restaurant Seating Outdoors. To request an inspection please call (530) 542-6017 or submit the Inspection Request Form.


Planning Services


Planning Application Submittal

We strongly encourage those interested in submitting a general planning application, sign permit, or major temporary activity application for planning review to do so by using our electronic submittal process. Please download the appropriate application and email it, along with applicable documents and the Credit Card Authorization Form. Questions, corrections and/or notifications regarding the application will be emailed to the applicant. Application fees can also be paid with a credit card over the phone, or by mailing a check (made out to the City of South Lake Tahoe) or the Credit Card Authorization Form to the Planning Division: 1052 Tata Lane, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150. 

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Permit Center at (530) 542-6010 or contact John Hitchcock, Planning Manager at (530) 542-7472 or via email.

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Development Services Department Monthly Stats Report - 2020

This report is created utilizing data collected from various different branches of Development Services, including Building Division, Permit Center, Planning Division, Multi-Family, Vacation Home Rental and Fire Inspection Program. The data collected is illustrated in easy to read bar graphs that provide various performance metrics and increases Development Services Department transparency.

Development Services Department Monthly Stats Report for 2019

Development Services Department Monthly Stats Report for 2018 (PDF)