VHR Petition 2023

About VHRs in Douglas County 
Douglas County’s VHR program is administered by a VHR Program Manager, two full-time code enforcement officers, two deputy sheriffs, and two support staff. There are 532 active VHR permits in the Lake Tahoe Township.  Taxes generated from the program are used to support a variety of services in the Parks and Recreation Department. Fees collected from the program are used to offset the administrative functions including enforcement, investigations, and permitting. On average the VHR program receives five to six complaints per week.

Vacation Home Rentals or “Short Term Rentals (STRs)” are defined in Douglas County as one dwelling unit, or a portion of a dwelling unit, including either a single-family attached unit, rented for the purpose of overnight lodging for a period of not less than 1 day and not more than 28 days other than ongoing month-to-month tenancy granted to the same renter for the same unit pursuant to NRS Chapter 118A.

A petition has been filed with Douglas County regarding Vacation Home Rentals. 

The Petition can be viewed here. 
Anticipated Financial Effect Per NRS 295.095 

According to the Petition
"This initiative is seeking to eliminate all vacation rentals (VHRs) in residentially zoned areas in Douglas County, Nevada, inclusive of the Tahoe Township, over a phase out period of three (3) years. This initiative seeks to eliminate the issuance of vacation rental permits in residentially zoned areas in Douglas County Nevada, inclusive of Tahoe Township, over a phase out period of three (3) years. No vacation rental activities, nor permits will be issued in residentially zoned areas in Douglas County Nevada after December 31, 2027. This initiative has no effect upon vacation rentals located within the following Douglas County zoned areas: Commercial, Tahoe Recreational, Tahoe Resort Recreational, Tourist Commercial Development, High Density Tourist District, Tahoe-Tourist Commercial, Tahoe-Mixed Use, and/or the Town Center District."

Petition Legal Information
Per NRS 295.095, any five registered voters of Douglas County may commence initiative or referendum proceedings by filing with an affidavit with the Douglas County Clerk stating they will constitute the petitioners’ committee and be responsible for circulating the petition and filing it in the proper form, stating their names and addresses, and specifying the address to which all notices to the committee are to be sent, and setting out in full the proposed initiative ordinance or citing the ordinance sought to be reconsidered.

Once an affidavit is submitted by a petitioners’ committee, the Douglas County Clerk is responsible for verifying that all five members of the petitioners’ committee are registered voters as required by Nevada law. The Clerk-Treasurer’s sole role upon submission of the affidavit is administrative. The factual accuracy of the petition, the stated financial effect, description, legal sufficiency, or legality of the petition is not verified by either the Douglas County Clerk Treasurer or the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Presentation About the Petition to the Board of County Commissioners
A presentation was given to the Board of County Commissioners in regard to the petition on October 19, 2023 during the BOCC Meeting.

Click here to view the presentation.

Proposed Zoning Maps 
To view a map of the proposed zoned areas included in the petition for VHRs Click here. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the current VHR program and funding can be viewed here

Contact Us
VHR permitting and private parking complaints are enforced by the Community Development Code Enforcement.

For general questions about VHRs or to reach Code Enforcement staff: Call (775) 782-6200 and choose option 5 for Code Enforcement and VHRs or email [email protected]

To file a VHR complaint, please send an email to [email protected] or call the VHR hotline at (775) 783-6027. Nights and weekends this line is answered by a 3rd party answering service.

For public parking (on the street) and noise complaints while the offense is occurring: Call DCSO non-emergency line at 775-782-5126.