Apply & Renew - Permitting Process for VHRs

Lake TahoeNo more than 600 permits may be issued in the Tahoe Township. There is also a limit on density, (the total percentage of VHRs that may be permitted) per neighborhood area. To see density by neighborhood area, click here to use the County's online viewer.

To assist property owners with completing new and renewal VHR applications, the County has developed a VHR Permit Guidebook for your reference. Click here to view

Existing Permits
For existing permits please be advised, your permit expires and is subject to renewal annually. If you do not take the steps to renew your permit prior to the expiration date, your permit application will be considered a new permit application and you will be subject to the new permit cap. It is the responsibility of the permit holder, not the County, to ensure your permit does not expire. There is no grace period.

Click here to begin your online Vacation Home Rental permit renewal.

New Permits
Douglas County Code Enforcement will begin accepting waitlist applications for full neighborhoods only on June 15, 2023. Once notified, applicants will then have 60 days to meet all of the conditions of a VHR permit as determined by the County and pay the necessary fees.

Applicants are required to apply annually to be placed on a waitlist to qualify for a future permit. 

If it is determined by the County the applicant is unable to meet all of the conditions of the permit, the permit allocation will go to the next applicant on the waitlist. For more information regarding the waitlist, visit the
VHR Permit Waitlist tab.

VHR Permit Fees (subject to change)
(Effective 10/3/2022) - The filing fee for a Vacation Home Rental Permit application is:
VHR Permit Tier Type Fee 4% Technology Fee Total
Tier 1 (Owner Occupied) New $ 590.00 $ 24.00 $ 614.00
Tier 1 (Owner Occupied) Renewal $ 475.00 $ 19.00 $ 494.00
Tier 2 (Occupancy 10 or less) New $ 2,070.00 $ 83.00 $ 2,153.00
Tier 2 (Occupancy 10 or less) Renewal $ 1,540.00 $ 62.00 $ 1,602.00
Tier 3 (Occupancy >10) New $ 4,735.00 $ 189.00 $ 4,924.00
Tier 3 (Occupancy >10) Renewal $ 4,260.00 $ 170.00 $ 4,430.00
Annual Permit Draw/Waitlist $ 100.00 $     4.00 $ 104.00
The filing fee for a VHR appeal application to VHR Advisory Board is $300 - BOCC appeals are $875

Fire & Life Safety Inspection
Schedule your Vacation Home Rental Inspection with Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District for all new and existing permits prior to application submittal. Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District will be collecting their fees at the time the appointment is scheduled. 
Click here to schedule your inspection with Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District or call 775-588-3591. 

Local Contact and VHR Compliance Certification Program

VHR owners are required to designate a local emergency contact person for the property.  A local emergency contact person can be a licensed property manager, owner, or local individual who resides or has a primary place of business located within 30 minutes of the VHR unit.  The local contact is required to be available to respond to issues, questions, or concerns 24 hours a day.  The property owner, local contact, and property manager are required to take a VHR Compliance Certificate Exam.  Please review the Douglas County Code title 20.622 and the 6 training courses located on the Resources page, then click here to link to the VHR Certification Exam.