Currently there are no buoy permits being issued by any agency. It has been with the TRPA for many years, but has recently been put on hold. Not permits are being issued and there is no enforcement of any non permitted buoys at this time.
The HOA fees are also very reasonable. In Tahoe Park it is only 260/year (plus buoy rental).
You can search all the west shore properties here by clicking on the area of the map:
TRPA's plan was to increase the number of buoys in the lake but the league to save Lake Tahoe sued the TRPA. The conservation group took issue with TRPAâ€™s plan that would have allowed an additional 128 private piers and 1,822 buoys to the already existing 768 piers and nearly 4,500 buoys.
The new, new plan is currently out for review now....
You can read more about it on my website at: http://www.tahoeproperties.com/lake-tahoe-buoy-info/