VHR (Vacation Home Rental) Information for Community Members


The VHR Permit Clerk contact number (530) 542-6011.

The VHR Enforcement contact number is (530) 542-7474.

The VHR Investigator contact number is 530 542-6071 during business hours.

Vacation Home Rental Hotline

The City of South Lake Tahoe has established a call line or "hotline" if you need to register a complaint about a VHR in your neighborhood at (530) 542-7474. In a non-emergency situation, such as a noise or trash complaint, we ask that you call this number instead of calling 911. We invite your calls, and ask that you provide the address of the property in question.

General Information

A VHR is defined as an entire property rented for fewer than 30 consecutive calendar days. Property owners are required to complete a VHR application and will be added to the VHR Permit Waitlist with the City’s Development Services Department.  A VHR Permit is required to rent or advertise for rent.

When renting out just a room or just guest suite portion of a home, only a Business License is required.  It is presumed that the owner or permanent resident is in the home to prevent any disturbances to neighbors.  The Business License will enable the required Occupancy Tax to be paid to the city.


The fines for operating a VHR without a permit is $1,000 per South Lake Tahoe City Code Chapter 3.50.550 Penalties for failure to register, failure to file returns, or filing false return or report.

All enforcement for VHR's will be conducted at the City of South Lake Tahoe's Police Department located at 1352 Johnson Boulevard.  VHR Enforcement can be contacted at the 24/7 Customer Service Center on behalf of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-7474.

The enforcement section of the VHR code can be viewed online.