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You can schedule an inspection online or by calling (530) 542-6017.
The following information is required when requesting an inspection:
Inspections are conducted Monday - Friday, between 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. The Building Inspector will call you 10 - 15 minutes prior to the inspection. Inspections requested before 3:00 pm on any business day will be scheduled for the next business day. Inspections requested after 3:00 pm will be scheduled for the day after the next business day (unless another date is requested).
We do not have original plans for homes built in the City prior to 2017. In 2017, updated technology provided the Development Services Department the ability to save plans digitally. If your home was built in 2017 or later, there is a good chance we have copies of plans, anything prior to that, we suggest checking TRPA's website: LTinfo.org, or you may have to hire an Architect.
Yes, please see our Building Permits page for more information
Please call the Permit Center at (530) 542-6010 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for a status update.
This really depends on the project and the accuracy of your submittal. We average 45 - 60 days in review.
Yes, you need a Building Permit with plans stamped by a CA licensed engineer and a TRPA QE Permit, all which can be done at the City. Click here for more information (select "Deck (remove and replace; like-for-like)" if there is NO change in the size of the deck. If you are building a new deck, or it is increasing in size, go to our Plan Check webpage and select "New Deck or Increase in Deck Size" for more information.
Yes. Windows should be checked for proper installation and location of tempered glass where needed. If the glass is the only thing that is being replaced, no permit is required.
Yes, an Encroachment Permit is required to do any work on your driveway. All driveways are to be paved with an acceptable material, have an associated BMP to manage the Stormwater runoff, and comply with TRPA land coverage regulations. Please contact the Permit Center for any questions regarding the work that can be performed on your new or existing driveway.
As of April 1, 2021 construction of new fences and modification of legally existing fences where residential uses exist on parcels in residential Plan Areas no longer requires approval of a Fence Permit from the City if the fence design and installation complies with City Code Section 6.85.030. Use the RESIDENTIAL FENCE AND WALL STANDARDS checklist to determine compliance. Fences constructed or modified to be inconsistent with these standards may be subject to City Code violations and fines.
Residential Fence and Wall Standards checklist
New or modified fences on property where commercial, industrial, public service, and recreation uses exist or in areas outside of residential Plan Areas require approval of a Fence permit by the City. Use the Fence Permit Checklist to determine applicable standards and include the completed Checklist along with your Fence Permit Application.
Fence Permit Checklist
Fence Permit Application
Yes, you need a permit for a canopy or carport. Fabric, canvas, or plastic covered structures over 120 square feet are not permitted. Metal clad structures could be permitted with specific requirements. Please reach out to the Permit Center (530) 542-6010 for more information.
You can submit a Public Records request here, or stop by our office (1052 Tata Lane) to review the property folder. Copies are available for $.10 a page or can be emailed.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is the authority for coverage in the basin. They perform Site Assessments and Land Coverage Verifications. You can view all current activity, permits, etc. for your property on LTInfo.org.
To find out what the square footage of a parcel, lot or house is, please contact the El Dorado County Assessor's Office: (530) 573-3422
For information about defensible space, or to schedule a defensible space inspection, please click here. For additional information or questions, you may reach out to Dan Brown, Fire Safety Inspector: email@example.com; (530) 542-6019.
Please reach out to the Planning Department at (530) 542-7472; firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find information about permit fees here. You may also reach out to the Permit Center at (530) 542-6010 or send an e-mail to email@example.com for more specific information or if you have questions.
You can find Building Code information here, or reach out to Dave Chapman, Principal Building Inspector: (530) 542-6193, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may file a housing complaint via our online webform, or by calling (530) 542-7417. For more information about housing programs and resources, including Multi-Family Dwelling (MFD) Units, the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program or substandard housing, please click here.
Please reach out to Code Enforcement about public nuisance abatement, including noise complaints and abandoned vehicles: (530) 542-6105.
You can find information about tree removal by visiting the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's (TRPA) website or by calling (775) 588 - 4547.
Contact the Public Works Department regarding Storm Water, drainage issues, or easements: (530) 542-6034.
Contact the Finance Department: (530) 542-7430.
Marriage Licenses are issued through the El Dorado County Recorder Clerk's Office: (530) 621-5490.
Becky Penado, ARM, Risk Manager for the City of South Lake Tahoe can answer your ADA questions: (530) 542-6064. More information about the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found here.