Permitting Process for New VHR's

Online Permitting is Here!

Short-term rental hosts are required to register a short-term rental with Douglas County and pay Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and permitting fees. The County created a website to guide you through the online process of registering as well as submitting the taxes and fees. Staff can help you by phone so you can do so from your home. Following this process creates a legal way to have a vacation home rental (VHR) unit. Failure to do so subjects those who illegally host short-term rentals to penalties starting February 1, 2019. 

You must pay all applicable fees associated to obtain a permit and you will be responsible for paying any Transient Occupancy Tax. In order to pay your Transient Occupancy Tax, you must have an active and current permit.

Permitting Process for New VHRs

  • A VHR permit is required for all properties meeting the definition of a VHR as described in Douglas County Code (DCC) Title 20.622. As of July 1, 2019, a passing inspection by Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is required for all new and existing permits, prior to application submittal.
    You may schedule your inspection here:  or call 775-588-3591

    Required documentation PRIOR to applying:
    1. PASSING Fire & Life Safety Inspection
    2. Detailed diagram of designated parking. Communal parking need not be reported. 
    3. Signed Letter of Authorization/Agency Authorization. 

    All persons or entities interested in operating a vacation home rental located within the Tahoe Township may apply for a permit 
    HERE. Applications typically take about 30 minutes to complete. The online FAQ's provide guidance on the documents that you will need in order to apply. For questions regarding the online process contact the Community Development Department at 775-782-6214. 

    It shall be the applicant's responsibility to provide all information and materials required to comply with the vacation home rental application requirements. The filing date of the application shall be the date when Douglas County officially receives all the required information and the application is deemed complete. If the application submission is deemed incomplete, the application will be denied, and you will have to resubmit.

    Once approved, applicants will receive a permit number that is needed in order to pay the associated Transient Occupancy Tax of 14%. Short-term rental host are required to collect the Transient Occupancy Tax for a short-term rental. The Transient Occupancy Tax must be submitted to the County monthly and is due no later than the last day of the following month. For example, the tax collected in the month of May must be submitted by June 30. 

    VHR permits are valid for one year and expire on the date of their issuance.

    NEW Permit Fees: 
    Credit or Debit Card Payment 
    1. Application Fee: $400 + $16 Technology fee
    2. Inspection Fee:  $150  
    3. Card Processor Fee: $17.21 
    4. Total: $583.21

    Bank Account (ACH) 
    1. Application Fee: $400 + $16 Technology fee
    2. Inspection Fee: $150
    3. ACH Processor Fee: $4.56 
    4. Total: $570.56

    Refunds for denied applications will only include the amount of payment made minus applicable staff time and processing fees.