Vacation Home Rentals

Host Compliance

Ph: 775-234-0404

Unpermitted vacation rentals located in Douglas County are subject to a $5,000 civil penalty pursuant to Douglas County code section 20.622.050, which may become a special assessment against the property if not timely paid.  To make a complaint regarding a Vacation Home Rental please contact our 24/7 hotline 775-234-0404 or go to www.hostcompliance.com/tips. 

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 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. An inspection by our VHR Division is required for all new permits. All persons or entities interested in operating a vacation home rental located within the Tahoe Township my register your rental HERE

Registration typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. The online FAQ's provide guidance on the documents that you will need in order to register. For questions regarding the online process contact the VHR Division at vhr@douglasnv.us or by phone 775-782-6214. 

Registrants will receive a permit number that is needed in order to pay the associated Transient Occupancy Tax of 14% and inspection fee. 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 late than the last day of the following month. For example, the tax collected in the month of May must be submitted by June 30.

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 submittal is deemed incomplete, the applicant will be notified within thirty (30) calendar days of the receipt of the application. The application will not be considered if a complete application is not submitted within an additional thirty (30) days. 

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

Permit Fees:
Credit or Debit Card Payment
1. Application Fee: $416
2. Card Processor Fee (2.9% + $0.30): $12.73
3. Total: $428.73

Bank Account (ACH)
1. Application Fee: $416
2. ACH Processor Fee (0.8% capped at $5): $3.35
3. Total: $419.35

Renewal Process for Existing VHRs

Vacation home rental permits must be renewed on an annual basis prior to expiration by filing out a renewal application and paying the renewal fee and any pertinent taxes. You are responsible to renew your VHR each year prior to expiration. No inspection is required for renewal unless you have not previously had an inspection by our VHR Division or you have made changes to your property. You must pay all current fees and taxes prior to the permits renewal being issued. Taxes must be reported even if no income was generated. 

Renew your registration at HERE

Registration typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. The online FAQ provides guidance on the documents that you will need in order to register.  For questions please  contact the VHR Division at  vhr@douglasnv.us or 775-782-6214.  

There is no grace period. Failure to renew and pay the applicable fees in a timely manner will render the vacation home rental permit null and void. 

A vacation home rental permit will be renewed if the following findings are made: 
1. The renewal application is complete and the applicant has complied with the submittal requirements. 
2. There have not been two or more upheld citations issued for violations of the County Code at the vacation home rental property within any twenty-four (24) month period. Upheld citations mean citations which were neither overturned on appeal nor dismissed.
3. The vacation home rental permit has not lapsed, expired, been revoked, or suspended. 
4. The vacation home rental is current on transient occupancy taxes and has paid all said taxes in full to the County. Returns must be filed whether rents are received or not.

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

Renewal Fees:
Credit or Debit Card Payment
1. Application Fee: $260
2. Card Processor Fee (2.9% + $0.30): $7.84
3. Total: $267.84

Bank Account (ACH)
1. Application Fee: $260
2. ACH Processor Fee (0.8% capped at $5): $2.08
3. Total: $262.08

VHR Permit FAQS

Can I lose my VHR permit?
Yes, If two or more upheld citations have been issued for violations of the County Code at the vacation home rental property within any twenty-four (24) month period, the VHR permit will be revoked. Upheld citations mean citations which were neither overturned on appeal nor dismissed.
Will my VHR Permit automatically renew every year?
NO, you are responsible for renewal of your VHR each year prior to expiration. No inspection is required for renewal if your home was previously inspected, but current fees and taxes must be paid to date for the renewal permit to be issued. Taxes must be reported even if no income was generated. Go online to print or download the renewal application and mail it to the VHR Division with renewal application fee of $260 to P.O. Box 218 Minden, NV 89423 or fax to (775) 782-6297 or email to VHRdivision@douglasnv.us . Online renewal permitting will be available soon!
What can my Property Management Company do on my behalf?
Your Property Management Company must be a Nevada Licensed State Realtor. They have the ability to request inspections, pay the permit, renewal fees, and pay the TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax). The owner must sign the original application and each renewal.
Do I need a Bear Box or Bear Proof Container?
Yes, at all VHR locations a Bear Proof container is required. Click http://www.southtahoerefuse.com/ for information on the Bear Box loan program, bear legal containers and Bear Box Application.
Do I need and inspection to get a VHR Permit?
Yes, please request one online or call the VHR Division at (775)782-6214 or email VHR@douglasnv.us

Life Safety Inspection Checklist for VHR:
• Grip-able handrails, inside and out
• Smoke CO detectors installed at the entrance/main living/hallways (and tested)
• Smoke detectors installed in every bedroom (and tested)
• Deck railings must have less than 4” width between rails
• Hot tubs installed with auto shut off and locks, safety rules posted
• Balconies/decks no charcoal bbq’s.
• If smoking is allowed, metal ash cans with lids must be provided
• Ingress/egress of all doorways not blocked
• Bedrooms have legal ingress/egress (windows/doors)
• Fire extinguishers on every floor (labeled access)
• Addresses are clear and visible on the outside of the home
• Permit is posted (near the front door)
• Emergency numbers are posted
• Breaker box/electrical panel
• For 3-story units; rope ladder affixed/permanent
• Escape plan for egress/emergency disaster plan
• Storage of combustible materials
• Wood burning fireplaces/stoves
• Other life/health/safety as noticed
What are the fees associated with a VHR Permit?
A new VHR permit is $416, renewal fees are $260, these fees include a 4% technology fee. Processing fees from our third party vendor apply based on the method of payment. These fees are as of 7/5/2018, please check current fee schedule or call the VHR Division at (775) 782-6214.
How do I report a VHR complaint or an illegal VHR I am aware of?
To make a complaint regarding a Vacation Home Rental please contact our 24/7 hotline 775-234-0404 or go to www.hostcompliance.com/tips.
Will I remain anonymous if I lodge a complaint?
Your information will never be provided to the violator, but we must have your information in order to file your complaint.
What happens if my VHR receives a complaint against it?
If the complaint is founded the owner of the property is notified. Appropriate actions will be taken. Fines or penalties may be imposed.
What are the fines associated with VHR’s?
Fines, misdemeanor citations and civil penalties can be issued.