Vacation Home Rentals

***PAGE UPDATED MAY 10, 2022

Welcome to Douglas County's Vacation Home Rental Information webpages.

On June 3, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners adopted significant changes to the Douglas County Vacation Home Rental program. This web page is where you will find VHR-related information about the new ordinance, recent Board action, the permitting process, and more. VHRs have a long history at Lake Tahoe and are an integral part of our tourism economy. It is critical to strike a balance between the economy, private property rights, and the impacts of VHRs on our communities and in our neighborhoods. Click here to read an overview of VHRs in Douglas County or view tabs on the left for specific webpages.

There is a FAQs page you can use to get answers to the most frequently asked questions to the public as soon as possible. Please check this site frequently for updates.

News and Updates
Stay in the know. The new VHR ordinance 2022-1599 was adopted April, 7, 2022 and became effective April 21, 2022.  The full ordinance in effect today can be found on the '
Overview' tab. Check these pages frequently for updated information. 

*** On June 3, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2021-1582 which substantially amended Chapter 20.622 of the Douglas County Code related to the Vacation Home Rental program in the Tahoe Township. The changes became effective July 15, 2021. On July 8, 2021, a group of nine plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging, among other things, a number of violations of their constitutional rights related to Ordinance 2021-1582. The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners adopted further amendments to the County's VHR regulations via the adoption of Ordinance 2021-1588 at the September 16, 2021, Board meeting. A copy of the court order can be viewed here.

On October 15, 2021, Magistrate Judge Carla Baldwin entered an order scheduling a settlement conference for the parties for November 12, 2021. Representatives for the parties, including two County Commissioners, met in good faith to discuss the possibility of settlement with the assistance of Judge Baldwin. As a result of these settlement discussions, a settlement agreement has been drafted for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners. Pursuant to the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, staff has brought forward possible amendments to Chapter 20.622 to address the constitutional concerns highlighted by the federal court, clarify possible ambiguities in the existing VHR ordinance, and to allow the County Commissioners an opportunity to consider the issues raised in the plaintiffs' complaint and reach a settlement of all claims asserted by the plaintiffs. The proposed settlement agreement and the possible adoption of changes to the County's VHR regulations (Ord. 2021- 1591) will be brought forward at the January 6, 2022, Board meeting, or at the Board's earliest convenience, so that a public hearing may occur after the required public notices have been provided.  On December 2, 2021, Judge Jones lifted the Temporary retaining order, pending the final decision of the County Commissioners. A copy of that that Court order can be viewed here.  At the January 6, 2022 BOCC meeting, Items 8 and 9, the settlement agreement was to be heard and then the VHR ordinance 2022-1591. After some discussion the Board voted to not approve the settlement agreement (Item 8) for various concerns brought up during the meeting. Link to the meeting.  The Temporary Restraining Order was amended on January and  in February, two Commissioners, Chairman Mark Gardner and Danny Tarkanian met with the Plaintiffs team to discuss a revised settlement agreement.   They came to an agreement and the new Ordinance 2022-1599 was then drafted for the Boards approval.  

 The County's VHR webpages have been updated to reflect the required changes to the program.***

Does this mean the new ordinance is invalid?

No, the court order does not invalidate Ordinance Number 2021-1582 but it does temporarily suspend the implementation of certain changes to the VHR regulations such as tandem parking and the new fines.  This Temporary Restraining Order was dismissed on March 11, 2022 pending the BOCC approval of the settlement agreement.  The County commission approved the revised settlement agreement and approved the new VHR ordinance 2022-1599.

Contact Us
VHRs are enforced by Douglas County Code Enforcement.

Do you have general questions about VHRs or need to reach Code Enforcement staff:  Call Code Enforcement at (775) 782-6214 or send an email to [email protected]

Do you have a VHR complaint?   Please send an email to
 [email protected] or call the VHR hotline at (775)783-6027.
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