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What are the setbacks for my single family home?
How do I submit public comment on a Planning project?
What is the maximum height for a single family dwelling?
Do I need a business license?
How can I get my car out of storage?
What is the Sales Tax rate and who gets the taxes?
Is the sales tax rate the same for all Truckee mailing addresses?
Driving Directions to the DPW Public Service Center
What do I do if I notice a water quality issue, such as spills, foamy water, or discolored water in a creek, stream, ditch, or stormdrain?
What is the address of the New Corporation Yard?
How do I get notified about upcoming construction or consultant work?
Can I cut down trees on my property?
Can I cut down trees in front of my house that are in the Town right of way (and not on my property?)
Who do I talk to about an issue with traffic signs or traffic lights?
Where am I allowed to place my mailbox / bear box?
What is the right of way?
Why do I need to call in a subgrade 48 hours prior to a foundation inspection?
Why is the grade of my driveway limited to no more than 16% on my property, and no more than 6% in the Town right of way?
Why does my driveway need to be asphalt?
Why can't I have two driveways or a circular driveway?
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Q: What are the setbacks for my single family home?
A:

For parcels less than three acres in size:
The front and rear yard setbacks are 20 feet from the respective property line.
The side yard setback is 10 feet from the side property line.

Properties that are located on Donner Lake or properties less than 80 feet in width may have different setback standards. Please contact the Planning Division at 530-582-7820 for further information.

For more information, please click here and see Development Code Chapter II, Sections 18.08.030 and 18.08.040, and Development Code Chapter III, Section 18.30.120.

 

Q: How do I submit public comment on a Planning project?
A:

Public comments on planning projects can be submitted via mail or hand delivery to the Planning Division (10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161), fax (530-582-7889) or email to the project planner. To determine which planner has been assigned to a project, please visit the project page on the Town website or call the Planning Division at 530-582-2937.

When submitting public comments, please include your name and physical address. Comments received become part of the Town's permanent record. Copies will be distributed to the Planning Commission and posted to the Town website. Due to public records act laws, Town staff cannot redact personal information from comments received, including email addresses. If you prefer not to have your email address included, please submit your comments via letter to the Planning Division either by mail or as an attachment to an email.

If you have any questions regarding submission of public comments, please feel free to contact the Planning Division at 530-582-2937.

 

Q: What is the maximum height for a single family dwelling?
A:
The maximum height of a single family dwelling on a Single Family Residential (RS zoned) parcel is 35 feet or 3.5 stories, whichever is less. For more information, please see Development Code 18.08.030 and Development Code 18.30.090.  
Q: Do I need a business license?
A:
The Town does not currently issue business licenses except for Taxi Services and Gun Sales. Businesses that involve taxi service or gun sales should contact the Planning Division (530-582-7820) for further information. 

All businesses require a “Fictitious Business Name” through Nevada County (530-582-7838). 

All businesses must comply with all zoning and building code requirements, including those related to signage and business location. 

Businesses being run out of a home must comply with the home occupation standards and may require a special permit Home Occupation Permit Information Sheet.
Q: How can I get my car out of storage?
A:
If a vehicle was impounded for 30 days because the driver had no license or had a suspended license, a hearing can be requested by calling  (530) 550-2323  or by coming down to the Truckee Police Department.

No hearing is required if the 30-day impound period has lapsed. The registered owner or their authorized agent can claim a stored/impounded vehicle by coming to lobby of the Police Department, presenting proper identification, and paying a $133.00 administrative fee for a release form to take to the tow yard. (This fee is waived if the vehicle was stolen or if the driver was hospitalized in an accident.) The person obtaining the release must have a valid driver's license or be accompanied by someone who does. The vehicle must have current registration or have a temporary operating permit before it can be released.

If a vehicle was impounded for evidence, the owner may obtain a release once the Police Department has completed its investigation. Call the Police Dept at  (530) 550-2323  to determine who the investigating officer is and discuss the release with him/her.
Q: What is the Sales Tax rate and who gets the taxes?
A:

The Sales and Use tax rate in the Town of Truckee is 8.125%.

The tax rate is broken down as follows:  State of California 7.5%; Nevada County Library .125%; Truckee Measure V .5%

Q: Is the sales tax rate the same for all Truckee mailing addresses?
A:
No.  8.125% is the tax rate for addresses within Nevada County and the Town of Truckee's city limits. 
Q: Driving Directions to the DPW Public Service Center
A:

Coming From Reno:  Take I-80 westbound.  Exit on the 188 off ramp.  Turn right from the off ramp at the signal.  Go through the round-about to its 3rd exit which is Donner Pass Road.  Continue on Donner Pass Rd. through a second round-about.  After you drive over I-80, Stockrest Springs will be on your left.  Turn left on Stockrest Springs.  Turn left on Stevens Lane.  Stevens Lane ends at 10969 Stevens Lane which is the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works Public Service Center. 

Coming From Sacramento: Take I-80 eastbound.  Exit at the 188A exit.  Turn right onto Donner Pass Rd.  Turn left on Stockrest Springs.  Turn left on Stevens Lane. Stevens Lane ends at 10969 Stevens Lane which is the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works Public Service Center.

For truck and shop deliveries, please call Fleet Services at the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7708.

For road and snow related issues, please contact the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7707.

 

Q: What do I do if I notice a water quality issue, such as spills, foamy water, or discolored water in a creek, stream, ditch, or stormdrain?
A:
You can report water quality issues to the Stormwater Hotline at 530-582-7794 or during business hours to Jessica Thompson at 530-582-2938. For clogged drains within the Town right of way, contact the Department of Public Works at 530-582-7700
Q: What is the address of the New Corporation Yard?
A:
The address of the New Corporation Yard is 10969 Stevens Lane, located off Donner Pass Road and Stockrest Springs Road. This facility is expected to complete construction and be in operation Fall 2011.
Q: How do I get notified about upcoming construction or consultant work?
A:
You can sign up to receive email notifications for various Town of Truckee news. Go to the email notifications link on the Town website (http://www.townoftruckee.com/index.aspx?page=47), fill out your contact information, and indicate what types of notifications you wish to receive.
Q: Can I cut down trees on my property?
A:
Please call the Planning Department at (530) 582-7700 and check with the homeowner association for the neighborhood in which you live (if applicable).
Q: Can I cut down trees in front of my house that are in the Town right of way (and not on my property?)
A:
Please call the Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7700
Q: Who do I talk to about an issue with traffic signs or traffic lights?
A:
Call or email Todd Landry or Becky Bucar at (530) 582-7700
Q: Where am I allowed to place my mailbox / bear box?
A:
Mailboxes are allowed in the Town right of Way if they are placed in moveable containers, such as a 5-gallon bucket filled with concrete or sand. The Town assumes no liability whatsoever for mailboxes temporarily located in the right of way and damaged by snow removal operations. Bear-proof garbage containers must be placed out of the Town right of way and on private property. While the Town requires the box outside the right of way, the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Company (TTSD) also has maximum distances off of the street. Call TTSD at (530)583-0148.
Q: What is the right of way?
A:
The term “right of way” describes portions of land where a government agency has a legal access to the land to perform one or more of its duties. One of the most common examples of right of way in the Town of Truckee is the area of land between privately owned land and the edge of pavement of streets owned and/or maintained by the Town. This area allows for storage of snow that is plowed from Town streets.
Q: Why do I need to call in a subgrade 48 hours prior to a foundation inspection?
A:
Subgrade inspections are conducted prior to foundation inspection, approval, and concrete pouring to ensure that the rough grade of the driveway is sufficient to meet what is provided on the approved plans. Often, once the foundation is poured it is too late to adjust the grade of the driveway between the home and the edge of pavement. The Engineering Department avoids this difficult issue by performing a subgrade inspection.
Q: Why is the grade of my driveway limited to no more than 16% on my property, and no more than 6% in the Town right of way?
A:
In general, these slope specifications allow for safe access to and from houses by emergency response vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.
Q: Why does my driveway need to be asphalt?
A:
The Town of Truckee repaves and slurry seals it’s streets with asphalt-concrete. In order to tie-in to residential driveways after periodic road maintenance, we require that driveways be constructed from asphalt concrete.
Q: Why can't I have two driveways or a circular driveway?
A:
Residential lots in Truckee are limited to one encroachment due to the need for snow storage in the Town right of way. Exemption to this policy may be grated by the Town Engineer or his/her designee on a case-by-case basis.
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