Code Amendments in Progress:
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TRPA regularly amends the Code of Ordinances to improve its effectiveness and clarity. Please review the Advisory Planning Commission and Governing Board meeting packets for detailed information on Code amendments in progress.
Previous code amendments are archived below:
2023 Code Amendments
2023-05 Adopted 06/28/2023 Effective on adoption
An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance 2021-06 to Adopt Tahoe Area Plan Amendments.
2023-04 Adopted 04/26/2023 Effective 06/26/2023
An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 87-9, as Amended, to Amend TRPA’s Code of Ordinances, Section 52.3.4 and 90.2 Regarding the “Achievable” Definition and Section 34.3.3 Regarding Driveways for Accessory Dwelling Units.
2023-03 Adopted 01/25/2023 Effective on adoption
An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance 2013-05 to Adopt South Shore Area Plan Amendments.
2022 Code Amendments
2022-04 Adopted 5/25/2022 Effective 7/25/2022
An Ordinance to Amend the TRPA Code of Ordinances, Chapters 84 and 2 Regarding the Authorization of Existing Buoy Fields and Administrative Approval for New Mooring Buoys on Eligible Private, Single Family Parcels.
2022-01 Adopted 2/23/2022 Effective 4/24/2022
An Ordinance to amend the TRPA Code of Ordinances, Chapter 61 regarding Vegetation Protection and Management
2021 Code Amendments
2021-01 Adopted 1/27/2021 Effective 1/27/2021
An ordinance to adopt amendments to the Tahoe Valley Area Plan for the Sugar Pine Village affordable housing project.
2021-02 Adopted 2/24/2021 Effective 2/24/2021
An ordinance to adopt amendments to the Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan to encourage workforce housing development and expand opportunities for additional multi-residential land uses.
2021-03 Adopted 4/28/2021 Effective 4/28/2021
An ordinance updating Air Quality Threshold Standard 14 to establish and reflect the regional goals of promotion of mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce dependency on the automobile.
2021-04 Adopted 4/28/2021 Effective 4/28/2021
An ordinance to amend TRPA’s Goals and Policies regarding the existing nitrate deposition threshold standard, to accelerate attainment of the per capita VMT standard and implement the Regional Transportation Plan, including Regional Plan Chapters 3 (Transportation Element) and Chapter 7 (Implementation Element), and Code Chapter 50.
2021-05 Adopted 4/28/2021 Effective 6/26/2021
Amendments to Chapters 2, 3, 22, 34, 39, 50, 65, 82, and 90 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances to revise the transportation project impact assessment and air quality mitigation fee.
2021-06 Adopted 5/26/2021 Effective 5/26/2021
An ordinance to adopt Washoe County’s Tahoe Area Plan.
2021-07 Adopted 5/26/2021 Effective 7/25/2021
Amendments to Chapters 34, 36, and 38 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances to reflect the adoption of Washoe County’s Tahoe Area Plan
2021-08 Adopted 7/29/2021 Effective 9/29/2021
Amendments to Chapters 21, 31, 39, 50, 51, 52 and 90, of the TRPA Code of Ordinances developed through the Tahoe Living Housing and Community Revitalization Working Group.
2020 Code Amendments
Page Updates Since the Version Effective August 25, 2019
- Updated Pages Effective 2/16/2020
- Updated Pages Effective 4/26/2020
- Updated Pages Effective 11/29/2020
Ordinance 2020-06, Adopted October 28, 2020 effective October 28, 2020
This ordinance amends the Tourist Core Area Plan and the Bijou / Al Tahoe Community Plan to move 49 parcels (~18 acres) from the Bijou / Al Tahoe Community Plan into the Tourist Core Area Plan’s Tourist Center Gateway (TSC-G) zoning district.
Ordinance 2020-05, Adopted September 30, 2020 effective November 29, 2020
This ordinance involves substantive amendments to Section 61.3, Vegetation Protection and Management.
Ordinance 2020-04, Adopted June 24, 2020 effective June 24, 2020
This ordinance amends the Bijou / Al Tahoe Community Plan by expanding an existing special height standard to encompass property owned by the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.
Ordinance 2020-03, Adopted April 22, 2020 effective April 22, 2020
This ordinance amends the Tourist Core Area Plan and its boundaries with Plan Area Statements 092 (Pioneer / Ski Run) and 085 (Lakeview Heights). The amendment adds three parcels (~1.6 acres) into the Tourist Core Area Plan and designated Town Center to facilitate development of an affordable housing project.
Ordinance 2020-02, Adopted February 26, 2020 effective April 26, 2020
This ordinance involves reorganization and substantive amendments to Chapter 61, Vegetation and Forest Health. The amendments focus on Section 61.1, Tree Removal, but also affect Sections 61.2, Prescribed Burning and 61.3, Vegetation Protection and Management.
Ordinance 2020-01, Adopted February 26, 2020 effective April 26, 2020
This ordinance is an amendment to eliminate an unintentional prohibition on modifying utility lines that are located within a Stream Mouth Protection Zone.
2019 Code Amendments
Ordinance 2019-08, Adopted December 18, 2019 effective February 16, 2020
This ordinance involves an amendment to Chapter 84, Development Standards Lakeward of High Water in the Shorezone and Lakezone, establishing provisions for permitting existing buoys within existing buoy fields.
Ordinance 2019-07, Adopted December 18, 2019 effective February 16, 2020
This ordinance comprises a series of technical amendments to Chapters 2, 21, 30, 37, 50, 51, 53, and 84.
Ordinance 2019-06, Adopted October 23, 2019
This ordinance involves an amendment to Chapter 50, Allocation of Development by adding short-term rental neighborhood compatibility as a third criterion to the performance review system for distribution of residential allocations.
Ordinance 2019-05, Adopted July 24, 2019
This ordinance involves an amendment to Chapter 36, Design Standards relating to upward lighting for flags within the veterans section of a cemetery.
Ordinance 2019-04, Adopted June 26, 2019
This ordinance involves shorezone-related technical amendments to Chapters 84 and 90.
Ordinance 2019-02, Adopted April 23, 2019
This ordinance comprises a series of technical amendments to Chapters 6, 14, 21, 30, 34, 37, 50, 51, 52, 63, 65, 66, 81, 84, and 90
Ordinance 2019-01, Adopted February 27, 2019
This ordinance amends the recently approved development rights conversion rates in Chapter 51 of the Code of Ordinances.
2018 Code Amendments
Ordinance 2018-03, Adopted October 24, 2018
This ordinance amends chapters 1, 3, 6, 11, 21, 31, 39, 50, 51, 52, and 90 of the Code of Ordinances to implement the adopted changes to the Development Rights System and residential bonus unit program.
Ordinance 2018-04, Adopted October 24, 2018
This ordinance amends chapters 1, 2, 10, 14, 50, 63, 66, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, and 90 of the Code of Ordinances to implement the adopted Shoreline Plan.
Earlier Code of Ordinance Versions
2012 Code of Ordinances Update
Updates to the the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan were approved on 12.12.2012 as well as amendments to the TRPA Goals & Policies and Code of Ordinances. Those amendments came into effect on 2013. Summary of 2012 TRPA Code Amendments.
Before the Regional Plan Update, TRPA extensively reorganized and reformatted the 1987 Code of Ordinances to improve the flow of information, eliminate redundant and obsolete provisions, and improve ease of use. That version of the Code came into effect in 2013. In case you were more familiar with the previous version of the Code or if you are researching a permit that was issued before March 2012, the crosswalk below explains how to cross-reference the two and answers questions like, “Where did that rule go?” Crosswalk of Code Reformatting September 2011
Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility
On October 23, 2019, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board adopted a code amendment (Ordinance No. 2019-06) adding short-term rental (STR) neighborhood compatibility as a third criterion to the Performance Review System for the distribution of residential allocations and directed staff to use Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines during the future application of the Performance Review System (TRPA Code, Section 50.5.2.E). The Code Amendment and Guidelines were developed by a Working Group that included all Local Government and Housing Committee members, representatives from neighborhood and environmental groups, the real estate community, the building industry, and the community in general. The Working Group was established to ensure stakeholder and public interest was represented and considered throughout the process.
Performance Review System Code Amendment
Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines
Performance Review System Code Amendment
Short-Term Rental Neighborhood Compatibility Guidelines
Local Government Activities Related to Short Term Rentals In the Lake Tahoe Basin
Meeting Dates and Materials
Agenda and Staff Summary
and Housing Committee
|June 12, 2019|
|Working Group||July 17, 2019|
|Working Group||August 14, 2019|
|Working Group||September 25, 2019|
|Advisory Planning Commission||October 9, 2019|
|Regional Plan Implementation Committee||October 23, 2019|
|Governing Board||October 23, 2019|
Local Government Information on Short-Term Rentals
Transit Occupancy Tax Information
Placer County Interlocal Agreement
Permit and Enforcement Information
Vacation Home Rental Task Force
Douglas County Board 2004 Meeting Minutes
2005 VHR Ordinance
STR Code Under Development
Incline Village Board of Realtors STR Education Campaign
Washoe County Interlocal Agreement
Reports on Short-Term Rentals
Tahoe Region Short-Term Rental Interactive Map
This interactive map shows the number of short-term rentals in the Tahoe Region per 100 acres. It also shows ¼ mile and ½ mile walking distance of a transit stop, ¼ mile walking distance of a major highway, the location of Town Centers, and Regional Land Uses. This map does not show the specific location of short-term rentals.