Mooring permitting underway at Lake Tahoe |

Mooring permitting underway at Lake Tahoe

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Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune

New online registration options are now available for mooring permits at Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently announced.

Under the Lake Tahoe Shoreline Plan approved by TRPA in 2018, lakefront property owners, homeowners’ associations and marinas are required to register all existing boat moorings, including buoys, boatlifts and boat slips.

Property owners can now permit and register existing moorings at The registration period will remain open until Sept. 30, according to TRPA.

Property owners who are eligible to permit and register an existing mooring in 2019 include:

Those who have a mooring permitted by TRPA;

Have previously applied for a TRPA mooring permit; or

Have a mooring with a state or federal permit or lease;

And those who have a mooring with no permit or lease but proof of its existence prior to 1972.

A $43 annual registration fee will be charged for each mooring. Revenue from the registration fee will help pay for coordinated enforcement against illegal moorings on the lake. Each buoy also is charged a $47 annual scenic impact fee that will help pay for projects to restore the natural scenic qualities of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, according to the agency.

Existing moorings that do not have a TRPA permit will have to be permitted by the agency in conjunction with the registration process.

The shoreline plan authorizes TRPA to permit up to 1,486 new private moorings over the next 20 years. As part of the phased plan, registration for new moorings will begin in January 2020.

To apply for a new mooring, property owners must have a best management practices (BMP) certificate from TRPA.

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