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New VHR Application Process
Are you looking to turn your South Lake Tahoe Home into a Vacation Home Rental (VHR)?
VHR Clerk

1052 Tata Lane
South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150

Ph: (530) 542-6011

Monday - Friday
8am - 4pm

The VHR Clerk can be contacted at (530) 542-6011.
The VHR Enforcement contact number is (530) 542-6100.

HERE for the VHR Application in residential areas. 
Application Fees
The application fee for a New VHR permit is $545.00. This fee covers the initial inspection, public noticing and a zoning administrator hearing. The application fee is non-refundable. 

Upon approval of the application, the VHR Annual permit fee will apply based on the Maximum occupancy allowed for the property. 

The chart below reflects the annual VHR Permit Fee Schedule.

VHR Annual Permit Fee based on Maximum Occupancy

 Maximum Occupants
 Permit Fee
 Studio = 2 occupants
 1 Bedroom = 4 occupants
2+ Bedrooms = 2 occupants per bedroom PLUS 4 additional occupants.
(ex: 3 bedroom home  3 x 2 occupants =  6 + 4 additional occupants = 10)

 2 Bedroom = 8 occupants
 3 Bedroom = 10 occupants
 4 Bedroom = 12 occupants
 5+ Bedroom = 14 occupants
 Maximum Permit Fee is $800.

Residential Application Process
Effective October 1, 2015 all new VHR applications will be required to complete the following:

  • Submit an application (application may be submitted by current property, a buyer in escrow, or a builder of a home).
  • Ensure an inspection of the property is scheduled (inspection will be conducted by the City's Building Division).
  • The City will notify all property owners within 300 feet of the proposed VHR and tentatively schedule a public hearing with the Zoning Administrator; VHR owners may also take the initiative to reach out to their neighbors to address any concerns ahead of the City notifying neighbors of the application.
  • If the City receives written objections at least three (3) days prior to the tentative Zoning Administrator hearing date with a request to hold the hearing, the VHR applicant will be notified and a public hearing will be scheduled to address concerns that could not be addressed in another manner.
  • If the City does not receive any written objections to the VHR application, a hearing will not be scheduled; the Zoning Administrator will review the application, inspection results and discuss the application with the applicant to issue a determination.
  • If the VHR is approved the applicant must pay the Annual Permit Fee before the permit is issued.
  • EXCEPTION for Residential Applications in Escrow: VHR applications in residential areas submitted by a potential buyer in escrow will be placed in higher priority than other applications; the City will make every reasonable effort to issue a determination within 30 days of receipt of a complete application.

About VHRs

Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs) in South Lake Tahoe are divided by those in residential areas and those in commercial/tourist-core areas.

For information on VHRs in commercial areas, click HERE.

The following information is for VHRs in residential areas; 

Do I also need a Permit to Operate a Vacation Home Rental? 

  • Vacation Home Rental permits can be issued for new and existing single family dwellings. A business license is not required for single family dwelling VHR.
  • Vacation Home Rental permits can be reissued for multi-family dwellings. VHR permits CANNOT be issued to "new" multi-family dwellings.  A business license IS required for multi-family dwelling VHR's.

VHR Permitting in Residential Area
Effective October 1, 2015, City Code, Chapter 3.50, Transient Lodging/Vacation Home Rentals, requires owners of vacation home rentals to apply for a Vacation Home Rental Permit. This application also serves as registration to collect the Transient Occupancy Tax and South Lake Tahoe Tourism Improvement District Tax (SLTTID).

All permitting for VHRs in Residential areas will be conducted at the City of South Lake Tahoe's Services Center located at 1052 Tata Lane. The VHR Clerk can be contacted at (530) 542-6011. Business hours are available Monday-Friday, 8am- 4pm.

A guide for VHRs in residential areas has been developed to answer your questions on the
VHR Permit Process and VHR Code of Conduct.

Zoning Administrator Hearings
A hearing may be held if a written request for a hearing is received within three days of the scheduled hearing date. Public input cannot be limited to specific people or people residing in specific locations – the government must include all public input. If no written objections are received, the hearing will not be held. However, whether or not there is a public hearing, the application review will consider all of the factors as described in the ordinance.

Anyone may appeal the decision of the Zoning Administrator. Those appeals will be submitted to the Planning Commission for consideration. The decision of the Planning Commission may be appealed to the City Council. The VHR Appeal fee is $1,500. However, the City Council approved an exception to the appeal fee for non-applicant residents and non-applicant property owners within 300' of the VHR application, their fee to appeal is $250.

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