Leases & Permits

Tahoe Boathouses. Photo by Mark Hinte. Cropped.

Online System for Customer Applications and Records (OSCAR)

Welcome to OSCAR, the Commission’s Online System for Customer Applications and Records. Through OSCAR the Commission can accept and process applications and jurisdictional inquiries. Once an application is submitted the applicant can revisit OSCAR to check on the status of the application. Below is a brief video that explains how to use OSCAR.

Rent & Benchmark Information

Rent / Benchmarks

Commission lease terms may run from several months to 49 years. Rent is generally based on a percent of the land value or an established benchmark appraisal. Below are the benchmarks we use to establish uniform rental rates:

Proposed Benchmarks

Update to Lake Tahoe Rent Methodology Study - Public Comments and Repsonses

The Commission is updating its 2012 Category 1 Lake Tahoe Berths and Buoys benchmark rental rates and establishing a Category 2 Lake Tahoe benchmark rental rate for non-water-dependent uses. These rates are used to determine rent or other compensation as part of a lease with the Commission for the occupation and use of state-owned land in Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake. The Commission retained an appraiser to review the current rent methodology used to calculate rental rates. The study also provides an independent, third-party evaluation of various rent methodologies and recommends a rent-setting methodology and benchmark rates going forward.

Commission staff will consider the Lake Tahoe Rent Methodology Study as one component in staff’s recommendation for an update to the benchmark rental rates and a recommendation for establishing a benchmark rental rate for non-water dependent uses. Staff will review other components and present a recommendation to be considered by the Commission at an upcoming 2021 virtual public meeting. Below is a link for the study including responses to public comment. Public comments on the study were accepted through January 31, 2021.

Lake Tahoe Rent Methodology Study (final with public comments)

Submit Paper Applications

Download our Application for Use of State Lands.

Submit paper applications to:
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento CA 95825

Pay by Credit Card

You may use a credit card to pay your bill by calling our Accounting Unit at 916.562.0026.


Surface & Submerged Lands Lease 
Land Management Division
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825

Mineral Lease and Geologic & Geophysical Survey Applications
Mineral Resources Management Division
301 East Ocean Boulevard, Suite 550
Long Beach, CA 90802

Partnership Agencies

As part of the leasing process, lease applicants or project proponents may be required to obtain permits from national, state, or local agencies having jurisdiction over the project. Below is a list of other regulatory agencies: