Permitting Process for New VHRs


****Effective Thursday, February 18, 2021 Douglas County Board of Commissioners issued a temporary suspension of New Vacation Home Rental permits. At the June 3, 2021 Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board selected July 15, 2021 date for the new code to become effective.  July 15, 2021 is when new permit applications will be start to be accepted.  Depending on the demand for Vacation Home Rental permits, a lottery system may be implemented. Please check back on June 20th for the new permit applications and fees for the permit.****

To view policy direction for the Douglas County Vacation Home Rental (VHR) program made at June 3, 2021, Douglas County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, Ordinance 2021-1582 (click here to review the document).

The Viewer will be updated on a regular basis, to keep up with the property sales and permits.   Click here to see the public  GIS viewer. 
Currently there are 4 areas where VHR's are not going to be issued a new permit;
Pinewild        - 31 permits are issued, 27 are allowed
Lincoln Park - 8 permits are issued, 7 are allowed
Zephyr Cove - 14 permits are issued, 13 are allowed
Elk Point       - 14 permits are issued, 0 are allowed per HOA

Stateline-Nev. On February 18, 2021, the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners took action to temporarily suspend the issuance of new vacation home rental (VHR) permits effective February 18, 2021.  The suspension is effective July 15, 2021 when the new ordinance will go into effect.   

Existing permit holders may continue to renew their permits pursuant to Section 20.622.080 of the Douglas County Code. 


Short-term rental/vacation home rental hosts are required to register a short-term rental with Douglas County and pay Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and permitting fees.


Please note: At this time, vacation home rentals are only allowed in the Tahoe Township.  Douglas County Code (DCC) Title 20.622.

There is no grace period. Failure to renew and pay the applicable fees prior to the expiration date will render the Vacation Home Rental Permit null and void. A New Vacation Home Rental Permit application will have to be completed paying the New Vacation Home Rental fees.

Required Documentation for your New Vacation Home Rental Permit:

  • New Vacation Home Rental Application (online application)
  • Passed Fire & Life Safety Inspection Report
  • Parking Diagram (click here to view examples)
  • Letter of Authorization (this is required if the property owner is not completing the application)
  • Rental History


Schedule and Pay for your 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.


Complete your online New Vacation Home Rental Application

Click here to complete your online Vacation Home Rental application.

Make sure you have on hand the following documents:

  • Passed Fire & Life Safety Inspection Report
  • Parking Diagram – supporting the number of parking spaces for your Vacation Home Rental (click here to view examples)
  • Letter of Authorization (this is required if you are not the property owner competing the application)
  • Rental History: If you rented your property as a Vacation Home Rental before securing a Vacation Home Rental Permit, provide your gross Vacation Home Rental Income History from all sources from July 1, 2017 to the present. 

If you need assistance, please call 775-238-4135 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PT).


Vacation Home Rental Fees:

  • New Application Fee: $400.00
  • Technology Fee: $16.00 (4% of the application fee)
  • Vacation Home Rental Inspection Fee: $150.00 – paid directly to Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District
  • Processing Fee: 2.9% with a minimum of $2.00 for Credit Card payments. $0.00 for e-check payments.

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


Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for VHRs


Additional Vacation Home Rental Information

Short-term rental hosts are required to register a short-term rental with Douglas County and pay Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and permitting fees.

A Vacation Home Rental Permit is required for all properties meeting the definition of a VHR as described in Douglas County Cod (DCC) Title 20.622.

All persons or entities interested in operating a Vacation Home Rental within the Tahoe Township may apply for a Vacation Home Rental permit.

For questions regarding the process contact the Community Development Department at vhr@douglasnv.us or 775-782-6214.

It shall be the applicant’s responsibility to provide all information and materials 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.

Vacation Home Rental permits are valid for one year and will expire on the date printed on the Permit.

If you rented your property as a Vacation Home Rental before securing a Vacation Home Rental Permit from Douglas County, you are still obligated to pay back taxes on your gross rental income for up to three full fiscal years (July 1st through June 30) prior to the date of the permit application. See, Douglas County Code Section 3.12.100, 3.14.070, and 3.70.090. 
Please provide gross rental income rental history from July 1, 2017 to the present from all sources. This should include information from every website you advertise your property on whether it be VRBO, Airbnb, Flipkey, etcetera. If you do not know how to obtain this information, please contact the website operators directly for assistance. This gross rental income history must be received, and all applicable taxes paid, prior to the issuance of Vacation Home Rental Permit.