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Vacation Home Rentals (VHR)

VHR Moratorium

The City Council has placed a moratorium that has put a hold on the Receipt of Vacation Home Rental Applications and the Processing, Review and Issuance of New Vacation Home Rental Permits.

The City Council expressed interest in working as quickly as possible to establish a new VHR ordinance so that the Moratorium can be lifted.

The City Council is scheduled to meet again on November 7th, and will be reconsidering the moratorium and possibly the new ordinance. 

What is a VHR?

A VHR is a property that is rented for 30 days or less.

VHR Socioeconomic Impact Report - June 5, 2017
The City received and released the Vacation Home Rental Socioeconomic Impact report completed by Michael Baker International on June 5, 2017.

The City of South Lake Tahoe has sponsored this study to identify these emerging impacts, particularly impacts that may be directly affecting residents and persons who work in the city. The goal of this study is to examine the wide range of factors that may be influenced by the growth of the sharing economy, and evaluate the socioeconomic impacts of those factors. We can then use the information gathered to support public policy that will help balance the positive and negative externalities of the rapid growth in the VHR market. This study was completed through a partnership between faculty at California State University, Sacramento, and Michael Baker International.

Vacation Home Rental Socioeconomic Impact report

City council will be holding a special city council meeting on Tuesday, June 13th at 8am with a presentation by the consultant in the City Council Chambers located at 1901 Airport Road.

Click the link below to view the PowerPoint presented at the special City Council meeting. 

Power Point Presentation

Permitting Process

A VHR permit is required for all properties meeting the definition of a VHR. However, there are three types of VHR permits based on operations and property location. You may obtain an over-the-counter permit or may be required to go through a public hearing process. During the public hearing process, neighbors located within 300 feet of the proposed rental location will be notified, a public hearing will be held, and a decision-making entity will either approve, approve with additional conditions, or deny a VHR application. Below are the three types of VHR permits.

  1. VHRs located in a Commercial/Tourist Core Area 

  2. VHRs located in a Residential Area, in which the owner does not occupy at the time of rental 

  3. Shared VHRs located in a Residential Area 

How do I know if my property is zoned Commercial/Tourist Core Area versus Residential?

To determine if your property is located in a Commercial/Tourist Core Area versus Residential area, then please click the following link: City of South Lake Tahoe map. Yellow indicates residential zones, while red indicates commercial/tourist core area zones. 

Enforcement for all VHRs will be conducted by the City of South Lake Tahoe's Police Department located at 1352 Johnson Blvd. VHR Enforcement contact number is (530) 542-6100. For additional information about VHR-related complaints, please click here.

VHR Database
The VHR map is updated on a daily basis. If you have a question regarding the status of a property please contact the VHR Clerk at (530) 542-6011 or via email at .

Map updated October 26, 2017.