Lake Tahoe, CA/NV —Beginning December 1, applications for new moorings (buoys, boat lifts, etc.) can be submitted by lakefront owners to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) for the first lottery drawing allowed under the Lake Tahoe Shoreline Plan. A mooring lottery will be conducted annually until all allocations are distributed, according to TRPA.

The plan, approved in 2018, places a cap on the total number of moorings and piers allowed in the Tahoe Region and establishes an annual lottery system to allocate new moorings.

Applications for the lottery can be submitted anytime from December 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021 and all applications submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, according to the agency.

Applicants must meet certain criteria to enter, however the drawing is only for an allocation. If an allocation is received, a complete permit application will be required. Only littoral shoreline properties, those that adjoin or abut the highwater line of Lake Tahoe, are eligible to enter the lottery, the agency said.

Additional information on eligibility and how to enter is available at