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    Short Term Vacation Rentals

    Short term vacation rentals are rentals of 30 days or less in most instances.  Placer County, El Dorado County, The City of Truckee, the City of South Lake Tahoe, and other outlying areas all have their own guidelines, rules and permits.  To find out more about properties in the area you are most interested in, and how your home may be affected by short term vacation rental restrictions, please refer to the following guide and hyper links for restrictions that may impact your short term vacation rental use.

     I will add that many areas are still formulating their rules, so please check back often for the most up to date information on the areas that may affect your home, or proposed home purchase.  Further, any rental of 30 or more days is considered a long term rental.  Currently, there are no specific restrictions in place for long term rentals in any of the areas listed below.  Any rental of 30+ days will have to follow the general rules of the county, state or Tahoe Regional Planning Agency guidelines in regards to zoning use, or restrictions.

    Any property in the state of California that has a rental of ANY time period does need to follow some basic guidelines.  Some, but not all of these include at lease one carbon monoxide detector per floor of your dwelling.  There should be at least one smoke detector per bedroom, and at least one smoke detector in the living or bonus rooms.  There may be additional paperwork and disclosures/pamphlets you should provide to tenants including, but not limited to lead based paint information for any home built prior to 1978.  Please check all guidelines for your area before renting any home on a short or long term basis.

    Placer County

    Placer County is located on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe in California. This area covers most of the lakeside territory from Kings Beach and stateline on the north shore through Carnelian Bay, Tahoe City, and Homewood.  Homes in Tahoma, or south fall into El Dorado County.  The ordinance is currently being worked on and they will be coming out soon with their regulations.

    Click HERE for more information on the Placer County Vacation Rental Program.

    El Dorado County (Tahoma, Rubicon & Meeks Bay Areas)

    Properties on Lake Tahoe’s west shore from Tahoma south through Meeks Bay, Rubicon and to Emerald Bay fall under the El Dorado County vacation rental restrictions. As of July 23, 2021 the 900 allowable permits have been filled and there is currently a waitlist of 65 people.  homes with existing vacation rental permits in this area will lose their permit on transfer of their home.  The existing permit will go back into the system and will be granted to someone on the waitlist that has a qualifying property, completed their application, inspection and paid the applicable fees.  There is no way under the current rules to “jump the line” or waitlist.  Further, there are also potential fines levied against owners that try to usurp the rental permit process.  If you are considering a purchase in this area and seek rental income, please  

    Click HERE for more information on El dorado County vacation rental information.

    Town Of Truckee: 

    The town of Truckee has adopted a short term rental program that does require a permit and application, inspection and collection of transient occupancy taxes. 

    For more information on this program, guidelines and FAQ please CLICK HERE

    Please note that Tahoe Donner may have additional restrictions about units, ADU restrictions and other details. Please ask a staff member ta the Town of Truckee above, or your Realtor, for additional restrictions that may be in effect in these areas OUTLYING AREAS.

    City of South Lake Tahoe

    Click HERE for a map of what is considered the City of South Lake Tahoe.

    In 2018, the City of South Lake Tahoe passed Measure T. Measure T was to ban all existing vacation rentals (under 30-days) by the end of 2021. As vacation rental permits expire in 2021, they will NOT be eligible for renewals. Rentals are still allowed in the City of South Lake Tahoe as long as they are 30-days+. Any rental over 30 days is considered a long-term rental.

    County of South Lake Tahoe (El Dorado County):

    Click HERE for a map of what is considered the County of South Lake Tahoe. Currently the ordinance for vacation rentals in the unincorporated area of South Lake Tahoe is as follows:

    – MAX allowed vacation rentals is 900 (cap has been reached) and about 45 on the waitlist. There is also talk of having a 500 foot buffer zone around VHR’s to get rid of ‘clustering.’

    Click HERE, or see above,  for more information on the El Dorado County Vacation Rental Program.

    Douglas County:

    Douglas County is located on the south and east shore of Lake Tahoe in Nevada. The ordinance is being changed and they are trying to figure out what works best for the County.

    Currently the ordinance for vacation rentals in Douglas County is as follows:

    – MAX allowed vacation rentals is 600

    – As of February 18, 2021 Douglas County Board of Commissioners issued a temporary suspension of New Vacation Home Rental permits

    Click HERE for more information on the Douglas County Vacation Rental Program

    Washoe County:

    Washoe County is located on the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe in Nevada. The ordinance is currently being worked on and they will be coming out soon with their regulations.

    – Limit of 1 VHR permit per parcel

    Click HERE for more information on the Washoe County Vacation Rental Program.