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Each year in December, the Council Members choose which of them will serve the following year as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the Council. In the absence of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem serves as Mayor
The City Clerk is a Notary Public and will notarize documents by appointment. Call (530) 542-6005
A detached ADU must have side and rear setbacks of at least four feet. Otherwise, setbacks applicable to other structures on the parcel apply. See City Code Section 6.85.030.A.1 for residential setback requirements.
ADUs must be designed and constructed to architecturally and aesthetically match the existing single-family dwelling in terms of exterior materials, colors, building elements, structure mass and roof pitch.
An ADU must provide one parking space in addition to parking required for the primary dwelling. The parking space may be covered or uncovered and can be provided on an existing paved driveway. However, in the following instances, no additional parking space is required:
a. The accessory dwelling unit is located within one-half mile walking distance of public transit, including transit stations and bus stops.
b. The accessory dwelling unit is located within a historic district.
c. The accessory dwelling unit is part of the proposed or existing primary residence or an accessory structure.
d. When on-street parking permits are required but not offered to the occupant of the accessory dwelling unit.
e. When there is a designated car share vehicle parking space located within one block of the accessory dwelling unit.
When a garage, carport, or covered parking structure providing required parking for the primary residence or residences is demolished to allow for the construction of an ADU or is converted to an ADU, those parking spaces are not required to be replaced.
If the ADU meets the standards of the City ordinance and the following criteria, fire sprinklers are not required:
a. The unit meets the definition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit in the Government Code (section 65852.2).
b. The existing primary residence is not required to have an automatic residential sprinkler system.
c. The unit is on the same lot as the primary residence.
The 2019 Energy Code PV system prescriptive requirements under Section 150.1(c)14 apply only to newly constructed detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Exceptions from this requirement may be granted based on limited solar exposure or high snow load. See the City Solar Photovoltaic Exceptions handout for more information.
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 email@example.com for a status update.
This really depends on the project and the accuracy of your submittal. We average 45 - 60 days in review.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; (530) 542-6019.
Please reach out to the Planning Department at (530) 542-7472; email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com.
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.
South Lake Tahoe Dispatch provides the first contact with the patient utilizing a Emergency Medical Dispatching System (EMD) to determine chief complaint, Location, units to respond and pre-arrival Instructions if needed. The fire department provides the first two tiers of emergency medical treatment through Paramedic staffed Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulances and Basic Life Support (BLS) Staffed Fire Engines. All non-Paramedic units are staffed with a minimum of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Level personnel and defibrillation capability. The fire department is the exclusive provider of extrication and disentanglement for trapped victims. South Lake Tahoe Fire and Lake Valley Fire provide ambulance service through the Cal-Tahoe JPA as the next tier of the system. They provide advance drug therapy and some invasive procedures, as well as transport patients to the hospital. Medical Air Ambulance is provided by Cal-Star as a primary County Franchise and Care-Flight as back-up.
Together, the tiers provide a network for the patient regardless of who arrives on scene first. Often times the patient has the best chance of survival when all of the responders work together on the scene. Often times, patients require more than two personnel for care. This is particularly true when families or others are present creating another facet for the responders to deal with. In these and the more complex calls, a Company Officer is required to buffer the actions and develop and maintain command of the scene. The more complex incidents may require more manpower to deliver care with timeliness a critical aspect. Responding the first tier with the next as a baseline ensures this delivery of critical care. When the engine companies arrive first, care will be transferred immediately upon arrival of the upper tier (ambulance) from the EMTs to the Paramedics. On incidents where the Engine Companies are on scene first and the ambulance has an extended response time, the patient is stabilized by the EMTs and packaged to minimize the on scene time when the next tier (ambulance) arrives. This aspect is critical in some patients and a minimal scene time with rapid transport is critical for survival.
An ADU is permitted on parcels zoned for single and multiple family residential land uses where a primary dwelling is proposed or existing.
Yes, provided the structure was legally constructed with building permits and the structure can be upgraded to meet the building code requirements for a living unit. When an existing garage or other accessory structure is converted to an ADU, no additional building setback is required. The ADU must have independent exterior access from the existing residence.
There is no minimum lot size required for an ADU.
Yes, provided the garage was legally constructed with building permits and the structure can be upgraded to meet the building code requirements for a second story and a living unit. An ADU constructed above a garage must meet the setbacks required for that parcel.
An ADU with less than 2 bedrooms can be up to 850 square feet and with 2 bedrooms can be up to 1,000 square feet. An attached ADU is limited to 50% of the primary dwelling floor area. A JADU can be up to 500 square feet and needs to be built within the framework of a single family detached primary dwelling.
Where ADUs are permissible, each single-family parcel is able to have up to three dwellings. One primary dwelling, one detached ADU and one Junior ADU or one detached ADU and one attached ADU. Two detached ADUs, up to 800 square feet each, are allowed on parcels where multi-family structures exist as long as the number of converted ADUs within a structure does not exceed 25% of the existing units. There is no limit on the square footage of the primary dwelling.
Tiny homes are residential dwellings that are 400 square feet or less and there are a variety of types (i.e. manufactured, factory built, stick built, park model RV). Tiny homes are allowed as ADUs in the City if they are on permanent foundations and meet California Residential Building Code requirements.
Homeowner associations (HOAs and CC&Rs) must allow the construction of ADUs according to recent state legislation.
A Junior ADU is a living unit of 500 square feet or less contained completely in a single-family dwelling through the conversion of an existing bedroom. A Junior ADU must have independent exterior access, include an efficiency kitchen, and have sanitation facilities that are either shared with or separate from the primary dwelling.
An ADU can be attached or detached from the primary dwelling. A Junior ADU needs to be built with the framework of the primary dwelling.
A Junior ADU is permitted on parcels zoned for single and multiple family residential land uses where a primary dwelling is proposed or existing.
Yes, in all cases a permit from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and a City building permit are required. An approved TRPA permit is required prior to issuance of a City Building Permit. Property owners interested in constructing an ADU on their property are encouraged to speak with our Development Services team prior to preparing construction documents, to discuss your concept and verify what permits will be needed. Please call (530) 542-6010 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, junior ADUs cannot be sold separately. A deed restriction will be required in order to disclose this to future property owners.
The maximum square footage of a Junior ADU is 500 square feet.
No, an ADU cannot be sold separately from the primary dwelling unit.
Yes, however, rental of the ADU for thirty (30) days or less (Vacation Home Rental) is prohibited.
When a Junior ADU is developed on the property, the property owner must reside on the property in either the primary dwelling or Junior ADU.
ADUs are subject to compliance with the TRPA Code of Ordinances, including requirements for a residential development right/allocation, residential unit of use, or bonus unit and land coverage limitations. Additional information can be found at: https://www.trpa.gov/adus/
A fence permit is required for any new non-residential fence. Routine maintenance and minor repairs to a non-residential fence may not require a Fence Permit as deemed by City staff. If reconstruction of a damaged nonconforming fence is to be done, a fence permit application will need to be submitted to the Planning Division. Planning staff will determine whether repairs or reconstruction of a nonconforming fence will need to be brought into conformance upon review of the application. Note: A “nonconforming fence” means a fence which does not meet the fence requirements in the City Code such as height, material, setback, or clear zone.
Construction of new residential fences and modification of legally existing residential fences 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. The residential fence and wall standards checklist can be used to determine compliance. Fences constructed or modified to be inconsistent with these standards may be subject to City Code violations and fines.
Planning staff will review the application and will approve or deny the application based upon their findings associated to the type of activity, noise, parking, land coverage disturbance, signage, etc.
For information on How to Obtain a Business License, (also known as Business and Professional Tax Certificate), please follow the link below to the page on this website that provides a complete description. Then submit the completed application to the Revenue Division office: 1901 Lisa Maloff Way, Suite 210 South Lake Tahoe, CA 9610 email@example.com (this office is at the Airport)
A “Small Wireless Facility” (SWF) or “Small Cell” is a type of wireless infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines a small cell as any wireless facility that has an antenna no more than three cubic feet in volume, accessory equipment no more than 28 cubic feet in volume and are mounted on structures 50 feet or less in height (or 10% taller than adjacent structures, whichever is greater). They typically take the form of small antennas (3-4 feet tall) that are placed on existing infrastructure (such as utility poles) and are accompanied by equipment cabinets installed lower on the pole.
In order to meet increasing demand for mobile and data services, as well as future wireless technology, wireless service and infrastructure providers are supplementing traditional, larger cell phone towers with small cell facilities to densify their wireless networks. Small cells can also improve service today for areas lacking coverage.
Macro Wireless Facility” or “Macro Site” refers to a facility designed to provide wide-area service coverage and capacity. These are typically large installations with six to 12 antennas per carrier on tall towers or rooftops. Macro cells may also serve as a “hub” for distributed antenna system (DAS) nodes to connect back to a broader communications network.
No. Small cell facilities are allowed in the public right-of-way per federal and state laws. The limitations on the city’s authority are similar to those imposed on it with respect to other utilities (electric, gas, water).
However, the City may regulate aesthetics (i.e., how a facility looks and, within a technically feasible tolerance, where it is located). The City of South Lake Tahoe’s City Code ensures facilities proposed in the public right-of-way are placed in a way that minimizes their impacts within the areas that the City is allowed to regulate. In addition, applications are evaluated in compliance with Encroachment Permit requirements.
For more information, please see the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) website.
While the City of South Lake Tahoe reviews and approves the location of individual wireless applications, it must do so within parameters established by both federal and state laws that limit the City’s discretion.
Federal law (Telecommunications Act 1996) prohibits jurisdictions from considering health impacts when taking an action on a wireless application, if it meets the radio frequency levels established by the FCC and the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Bulletin 65. Please refer to the FCC’s Wireless Devices Health Concerns webpage and Radiofrequency Safety FAQ for more information.
Both state and federal law place some limitations on the City’s authority to regulate wireless communications facilities. Denials are possible only in very narrow circumstances and can be issued only on a case-by-case basis.
Collectively, these federal and state laws prohibit cities from:
New wireless communication facilities are allowed by right in two planning areas of the City:
• Within the South Y Industrial Tract Community Plan
• Within the Commercial Mixed-Use Service District of the Tahoe Valley Area Plan
In all other areas, a Special Use Permit is required. The Special Use Permit requires a public hearing before the Zoning Administrator or the Planning Commission. In addition, a Building Permit is required, and an Encroachment Permit is required when located in the City’s right of way.
New Facilities require noticing when a Special Use Permit is required pursuant to City Section 6.55.640.
Cities cannot deny a carrier the ability to provide service either through explicit or implicit prohibitions (example: banning new wireless facilities or establishing a maximum cap).