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The inspectors are available at the counter from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.
There are approximately 360 Certified Access Specialists in the State of California.The City of South Lake Tahoe also has a Certified Access Specialist who can answer your ADA questions. John James can be contacted at (530) 542-6015
From the date the complete plan submittal is received, it is the Development Services Departments goal to complete the first review within 30 days and resubmittal reviews within 10 business days.
Yes, the California Building Standards Commission website provides current 2019 Codes.
The Permit Center has 10 days to respond to the request. Files may be reviewed over the counter at the time of request depending on the availability of Permit Center staff. An appointment may be scheduled to ensure the file will be ready to view upon visit.
Copies are $0.10 per page.
Yes, for further information contact the City’s Permit Center at (530) 542-6010. Fence Application
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
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.
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.
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.
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).