Lake Tahoe’s grading season the time allowed in which the shoveling or moving of dirt may take place. This season runs from May 1st-October 15th. Lake Tahoe dirt cannot be moved from October 16th through April 30th as this is when the most precipitation falls in Lake Tahoe. The guidelines are set in place to keep from loose soil or mud flowing into the Lake and therefore affecting the quality of the water. If a grading project is smaller than 3 cubic yards there isn’t a need for a Grading Season Exception or TRPA permit unless of course a permit is already part of the activity. If conditions are dry enough and a permit is not needed, exempt grading can be completed.
Construction projects are typically supposed to be winterized by the October 15th date, however if there is paved access, an active site can continue after the date. Additionally, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will issue a special exception on permitted projects for reasons related to a threat or emergencies in regards to the water quality of the lake or for public safety and health reasons.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has an online application process where approvals and updates are sent to project managers electronically. For more information, visit www.trpa.org/permitting/inspections-securities/.