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Decks & Sheds
Decks
A building permit is required for repairing, adding on to, or building a new deck. Because of the snow loads and seismic conditions in this area, engineering and deck design is required along with the building permit.

If there is no change in the size of the deck, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) will not be involved with the permit process. If the deck is increasing in size or a new deck is built, TRPA requirements will need to be met regarding land coverage. This process can be handled with a site assessment from TRPA if one has not already been completed for the property.

Once land coverage has been determined, you must provide a site plan, engineering, and details as to how the deck and handrail will be built to the Building Division for review. Once the review is complete, a building permit will then be issued.

Sheds
A building permit is required if the shed is 120 square feet or larger. Regardless of the shed size, TRPA will need to be contacted. TRPA requirements will need to be met regarding land coverage. The process can be handled with a site assessment from TRPA if one has not already been completed for the property.