After a permit is issued, then what happens?
Construction monitoring is done to ensure compliance with all aspects of the permit for your particular project. There are three main phases: pre-grade, intermediate and final and/or complaint follow-up monitoring.
First, the pre-grade inspection is performed before the project starts to verify the temporary erosion controls measures and vegetation protection are properly installed, the permit and permit conditions are understood, and any questions the contractors may have are answered. To obtain a pre-grade inspection you must have:
the temporary BMPs and vegetation protection, as listed on the plans, are in place;
site address posted (the house number on the house counts);
if needed, the foundation footprint staked;
the original stamped plans (not copies) and all the permits on site;
and an appointment for the inspection scheduled at least 48 hours in advance - call (775) 588-4547
Intermediate inspections are performed during the construction process. They ensure the permit conditions are being followed, that the temporary BMPs are in place and functional, sites are properly winterized (between October 15 and May 1), and that the project is progressing as approved.
A final inspection is made towards the completion of the project to make sure all work was completed properly and to return any security deposit.
Finally, if a complaint is made, one of TRPA's inspectors will follow up on the complaint and verify whether or not any unauthorized activity is occuring.
Additionally, TRPA has adopted many Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with other agencies such as public utility districts and county road departments which allow them to do many types of projects without TRPA review. An example of this type of MOU is the Tahoe City Public Utility District installing a water line. There may be cases where another agency conducts construction inspections.