Building Permits

Obtaining a Building Permit

There are several different processes you can go through to obtain a building permit.

Over the Counter Permits
Some permits do not require a plan review and may be issued right over the counter at our office or via email submission. These permits can be processed in about 20 minutes, only require one or two inspections, and expire after twelve months.

Over the Counter Plan Review Permits
Some permits require plan approval by a building official or inspector which can be done over the counter. These projects must not require TRPA review and require less information than needed for a full plan check.

Plan Check Permits
Some permits are more complex and require a review of plans, engineering and code requirements. These permits require a plan check process which must be completed prior to issuing a permit. The City of South Lake Tahoe strives to return plan checks within 30 days and re-checks within 10 days.