Please call the Planning Department at (530) 582-7700 and check with the homeowner association for the neighborhood in which you live (if applicable).
Can I cut down trees in front of my house that are in the Town right of way (and not on my property?)
Please call the Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7700
Who do I talk to about an issue with traffic signs or traffic lights?
Call or email Todd Landry or Becky Bucar at (530) 582-7700
Where am I allowed to place my mailbox / bear box?
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 any additional questions please call TTSD at (530)583-0148.
Why do I need to call in a subgrade inspection 48 hours prior to a foundation inspection?
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.
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?
In general, these slope specifications allow for safe access to and from houses by emergency response vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.
Why can't I have two driveways or a circular driveway?
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.
Do I need a driveway (encroachment) permit if I......?
a. Tear out and put in new asphalt (yes)
b. Resurface or re-seal my driveway (no)
c. Build a new garage but keep the same driveway (probably – please call (530) 582-2931)
What is the difference between re-paving and slurry seal?
Slurry seal is a thin seal placed on roadways to help preserve the roadway surface. Pavement consists of a thicker structural section of asphalt concrete. Slurry uses a fine aggregate similar to sand, while pavement contains a course aggregate.
Paving consists of placing a 2 inches or more thick asphalt overlay on top of a paved road. In some instances (when significant cracking exists or if conforming to existing driveways and roads would be too difficult if the pavement elevation is increased) a specified depth of the existing pavement is removed and then replaced with new asphalt. Reconstruction consists of milling and removing the existing pavement and base course. New base is then added, shaped and compacted. Two or more lifts of asphalt concrete is then placed on the base course.
For maintenance of a roadway in good condition, a slurry seal placed on the existing pavement adds life. A slurry seal is a cold-mix combination of asphalt emulsion, fine well-graded aggregate, and water. Slurry seals have been used by the Town for several years and have proven to be a cost-effective preventative treatment that is well accepted by the community.
How often is my street slurry sealed?
The Town of Truckee applies slurry seals to most Town roads once every five years. On major backbone roads (such as Donner Pass Road and Glenshire Drive) slurry seals are applied once every three years. A higher level of service is also provided to the Glenshire and Tahoe Donner Subdivision roads, where property owners pay a special service fee that funds more frequent maintenance (slurry seals once every three years). Please see the street map for the 2019 Slurry Seal Program.
Why does my driveway need to be asphalt?
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.
What is the Town right of way?
The term “right of way” describes portions of land where a government agency has legal access to the land to perform one or more of its duties. One of the most common examples of the 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.
How do I get notified about upcoming construction or consultant work?
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?
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.
If I add a 4th /5th /6th (etc) bedroom to my house, why do I have to pay extra fees to the Engineering Department for traffic impact?
Engineering fees levied in conjunction with building permits are collected for residential buildings with up to three bedrooms. Addition of bedrooms (rooms with a closet, or direct access to a bathroom) beyond that require extra fees to offset the higher levels of road maintenance necessitated by additional residents.
When will my street be repaved?
The Town of Truckee paves most roads every twelve to twenty years. The Town conducts roadway inspections approximately every five years, during which the roads are rated. Those roads that receive a low rating (due to cracks, wear, rutting, potholes, or poor ride conditions) are flagged and scheduled for upgrade. The Town’s Pavement Maintenance Program (PMP) report provides a five-year schedule for maintenance on Town roads. Note that the PMP is a planning document and roads may be added or eliminated to the maintenance schedule based upon additional field surveys or consideration for other construction projects in town. You may also contact Becky Bucar at (530) 582-2932 for more detailed information.
Who should I call about snow removal?
Please see the Town of Truckee's snow removal webpage. The department of Public Works may also be reached at (530) 582-7707.
When do I NOT need a driveway permit?
You do not need a driveway permit when you are sealing or resurfacing your driveway.
Who do I report pot holes in roads to?
The Department of Public Works – (530) 582-7707
What are the Town limits?
Please click on the link for a map of the Town of Truckee City Limits.