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No lottery needed for Placer County building permits

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

The Placer County building department received only 39 applications last week during the open enrollment period for residents seeking to build a home in the Tahoe Basin.

Because the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency allotted Placer County 50 housing allocations ” 45 now and five more in June ” the county will not be required to hold a lottery this year to hand out the allocations. Everyone who applied for one can get one, said Bob Reiss, building division manager for Placer County’s building department.

Reiss said everyone who applied for a permit has 150 days to complete the application process and to pay the fees associated with the permit. Once the application is complete, the allocation will be assigned. Housing allocations not assigned by the end of the year will revert to TRPA.

Anyone who did not apply for a residential building permit last week, but would still like to, can do so on a first-come, first-served basis, Reiss said.

Reiss said the purpose of the lottery is to avoid long lines.

“Everything looks good and we’re pleased,” Reiss said.

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To apply for a residential building permit, submit an application to the Placer County Building Department, 565 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. For more information, call 581-6200.