Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is launching a new online permit application for tree removals and a credit card payment system, both available through its website at www.trpa.org.
“The new online service is more customer friendly and is in line with the agency’s core values of improving operational efficiency while providing a high-level of customer service,” Joanne Marchetta, executive director of TRPA, said in a statement.
Previously, customers had to download a tree removal permit from the TRPA website and then submit it either by mail or in person at the TRPA offices in Stateline. Customers can now submit their application and pay online and be contacted by a TRPA forester within two weeks.
The new tree removal permit applications can be found under “Top Searches” on the TRPA website.
Property owners in the Tahoe Basin can remove trees for defensible space that are under 14-inches in diameter without a permit, as long as the tree is not in a sensitive area or required to be retained by an earlier permit. Dead trees of any size in non-sensitive areas can also be removed without a permit.
Property owners can obtain tree removal permits for defensible space from their local fire district or department, which operate under special agreements with TRPA to mark hazard trees for removal.