Renewal Process for Existing VHRs

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 Renewing your Vacation Home Rental Permit:

  • Vacation Home Rental Renewal 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 or call 775-588-3591.

Complete your online Vacation Home Rental Renewal 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 for examples)
  • Letter of Authorization (this is required if you are not the property owner competing the application)
  • Rental History may be required prior to the issuance of a Vacation Home Rental permit

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:

Below are the fees associated with a Vacation Home Rental Renewal Permit application:

  • Renewal Application Fee: $250.00
  • Technology Fee: $10.00 (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.

Vacation Home Rental Renewal Conditions:

  1. The renewal application is complete (with all required documentation).
  2. There has not been two or more upheld Notice of Violations issued for violations of the County Code at the Vacation Home Rental property within any twenty-four (24) month period. Upheld violations are when the property owner has received a Notice of Violations 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 currently has paid their transient occupancy in full to the County. Returns must be filed whether rents are received or not.

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 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.

For questions regarding the process contact the Community Development Department at or call us at 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.