Vacation Home Rentals (VHR)

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**COVID-19 VHR update**

As of January 12, 2021, the City of South Lake Tahoe, as a part of the Greater Sacramento Region, is no longer under a stay at home order. However, the City and El Dorado County remain in the purple, or widespread risk level tier. Hotels and short term lodging rentals can open with modifications in the purple tier. To learn what businesses can open in the purple tier, and specific industry guidance for short term lodging rentals, please see the State Blueprint for a Safer Economy here:


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**Measure T Impacts on Current Vacation Home Rental Permit Holders**

What is Measure T?

Measure T is a citizen-initiated ballot measure that amended City regulations on vacation home rentals (VHRs) in South Lake Tahoe.

When does Measure T go into effect?

Measure T was approved by voters on November 6, 2018 and went into effect on December 20, 2018. 

How does Measure T affect my current Vacation Home Rental Permit? 

Measure T requires the phase-out of all VHR permits in residential areas and all multi-family properties over a three-year period, with full implementation of these provisions to occur by December 31, 2021. Measure T prohibits the issuance of new VHR permits in residential areas. No new permits for VHRs in residential areas have been issued since the effective date of Measure T (December 20, 2018).

When will VHR permits expire?

In 2021, existing VHR permits in residential zones and all VHR permits issued to multi-family properties, regardless of location, will automatically expire on the last day of the month for which a VHR permit would otherwise be eligible for renewal. 

For example, if your permit has an annual renewal date in May, the VHR permit will expire on May 31, 2021. By the end of December 2021, all VHR permits in residential areas and all multi-family VHR permits will have expired. 

NOTE:  After the expiration date, any ads remaining active are subject to a $1,000 unpermitted VHR citation UNLESS the text and the calendar show a minimum of 30 day rental.

Can I keep my VHR permit if my property is in the Tourist Core?

Measure T does not affect existing or future VHR permits in non-residential areas[1] (i.e., tourist core, commercial, and recreation zones) of South Lake Tahoe, except for multi-family properties where VHR permits are no longer allowed anywhere in the City. New VHR permits, in compliance with City regulations, will continue to be issued in non-residential areas. 

Are there any alternative options to rent my entire home? 

Yes, Measure T allows for properties within a residential zone, whose owner is a permanent resident of the City of South Lake Tahoe, to vacation rent the entire dwelling for up to 30 (consecutive or non-consecutive) days total per one-year permit period. A Qualified Vacation Home Rental Permit application and proof of a primary residence property tax exemption is required.

Can I rent just a portion of my home?

On November 17, 2020, the South Lake Tahoe City Council adopted a hosted rental ordinance establishing regulations allowing a qualified homeowner or tenant to rent a portion of their home. For more information, please visit or use the below contact information.

If I want to rent my home out to long term renters, are there resources to help me find potential renters?

Tahoe Home Connection (TaHoCo) is a community-based program in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe that works with second homeowners to rent their properties on a seasonal or longer-term basis to professionals and service industry employees working on the South Shore. For more information on their services, visit

[1] Measure T specifies that “residential zones, commercial zones and the tourist core area” are defined as “delineated in CSLT 2017 Plan Area Map.” SLTCC § 3.50.370. Thus, subsequent changes to zoning do not affect where VHR permits are allowed.

Permitting Process for New VHRs

A VHR permit is required for all properties meeting the definition of a VHR (Entire Home). New Vacation home rental permits are not allowed in residential areas

How do I get a New or Renewal Permit in the non-Residential areas (Tourist Core, Commercial or Recreational areas?)

First, confirm your property is located in the Tourist Core, Commercial or Recreational Area Plans by viewing the City of South Lake Tahoe Land Use Map . You may also search for the property by address using the VHR GIS Map at the bottom of this page. 

Click for New and Renewal Application Form (if New in Commercial or Recreational Zone, please ensure you have already requested an Inspection through the Building Department - form below,)

For more information on New or renewing in the Tourist Core: Application and Renewal in the non-Residential zones.

Other Useful Information, Forms, and Templates

Do you need to update your local contact information? Download the form (PDF).
Exterior Sign Template (PDF)
Interior Sign Template (PDF)
Hot Tub Sign Template (PDF)
Inspection Checklist (PDF)
One Time Credit Card Authorization form
VHR Violation Fees

For a larger map, visit the Arcgis website.