Image of Brown BearBear Resistant Garbage Can Requirements

  El Dorado County Ordinance 4600 requires the installation of bear-resistant garbage can enclosures in conjunction with the construction of new residential units on parcels that lie within the boundaries of the Silver Fork, Tahoe Truckee Unified, and Lake Tahoe Unified School Districts. Bear-resistant garbage can enclosures may also be required if the garbage collection and/or storage site has been inspected by our Department and determined to be a bear access problem. The ordinance is intended to enhance public health and safety by eliminating conditions that attract bears to inhabited areas. 

A site plan that clearly designates the location and name of the bear-resistant garbage can enclosure must be approved by the Environmental Management Department. Bear resistant garbage can enclosures shall be located within 20 feet of a county maintained road, or other road if subject to garbage pickup service, but not closer than 10 feet from the edge of pavement or curb. The enclosures shall not be located within a road right of way or easement. The unit must be installed prior to final and/or occupancy approval for all new residential construction. 
Image of Bear PawsImage of Bear Paws
Image of Bear PawEl Dorado County Ordinance 4600

Image of Bear PawEl Dorado County Ordinance 4629 - Amendment to EDC Ordinance 4600

Other Related Information:

Image of Bear PawBEAR League 
Image of Bear PawTahoe Donner Association 
Image of Bear PawList of Approved Bear Resistant Garbage Can Enclosures

For more information, please contact: 

South Lake Tahoe Office
924 B Emerald Bay Rd. 
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 
(530) 573-3450
(530) 542-3364 Fax