VHR Task Force Recommendations Presented

Douglas County Vacation Home Rental Task Force Recommendations Presented to the Board of County Commissioners
Douglas County Vacation Home Rental Task Force Recommendations Presented to the Board of County Commissioners

On October 15, 2020 Douglas County Manager Patrick Cates presented his recommendations based on the work of the VHR Taskforce related to the administration and permitting of Vacation Home Rentals (VHR) in Douglas County. In 2019 the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) gave direction to create a VHR Taskforce to make recommendations to the County Manager to consider in making recommendations to the BOCC. The BOCC gave direction to hire another code enforcement officer immediately, enact no caps at Tahoe currently, and that an appellate Board be established. They asked the County Manager to come back with additional staffing recommendations, a completed database, and draft ordinances.

“The regulation of Vacation Home Rentals is a complex topic with a wide range of views, which we saw reflected in the Board discussions on Thursday,” said County Manager Patrick Cates. “It is clear there is agreement on the Board that action is needed on VHR management in Douglas County. Although they did not reach general consensus on all the issues, there is broad recognition that current enforcement efforts are inadequate. This was expressed in the motion to add a Code Enforcement Officer. This is a great first step for the Board in setting the policy course for the future of VHRs in Douglas County.”

The task force was composed of 15 diverse stakeholders, coordinated by Assistant County Manager and supported by staff members of Community Development, Sheriff’s Office, Tahoe Douglas Fire and East Fork Fire. The recommendations included specific recommendations for caps on VHRs in Douglas County, establishing a tiered permitting system, recommendations on parking, noise, health and safety, trash, continuation of the VHR task force, education, and fees and staffing. A more detailed description of each recommendation can be viewed here: https://www.douglascountynv.gov/…/VHR%20Presentation%2010-1…

County Manager Patrick Cates asked the BOCC for further direction to bring back ordinance to establish permit cap of 725 in Tahoe and to establish the VHR Appeals and Advisory Board. He also asked for direction in regards to a future proposed staffing budget and the direction to with the new advisory board on further regulations for the Board to consider after the new year.

For more information on the VHR Task Force recommendations or to review their full report click here:
https://www.douglascountynv.gov/…/VHRP/CM%20VHR%20Report.pdf

Douglas County would like to remind the public the process for reporting issues with Vacation Home Rental (VHR) properties in the Tahoe Township in Douglas County is managed by HdL. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office handles noise and parking violations.

Noise and Parking Complaints
For non-emergency issues the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will respond in person to any complaints related to noise and/or parking. In these cases, please contact Douglas County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at 775-782-5126. If you feel there is a true emergency, please call 911.

All Other Complaints
Non noise or parking complaints should be directed to HdL. HdL work diligently to investigate and resolve complaints received. Please contact HdL at:
Email address: DouglasCounty@hdlgov.com

Phone: (775) 238-4135

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