Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV –With the October 15 grading deadline approaching, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has launched an online system to handle grading exception requests.

The initiative is meant to improve customer service and help reduce vehicle-use in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Grading season for construction projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin extends from May 1 to October 15. Soil disturbance during wet conditions can harm the lake’s water quality. Outside of the grading season, soil disturbance activities generally require an exception.

The online application for grading exception requests includes a credit card payment system. It can be accessed at

The initiative streamlines processes for customers and improves response time by TRPA inspectors.

Previously, grading exception forms had to be downloaded from the TRPA website and then submitted by mail or in person at the TRPA front counter. This new online system ensures customer contact by an inspector within three business days and automatic emails will keep applicants informed of the status of their request.

TRPA also launched an online system for tree removal permits in May that has seen significant use. From July to September, TRPA received 164 tree removal permit applications and about 40 percent were entered online.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, call Tom Lotshaw, Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.