Single Room Occupancy Program



The City of South Lake Tahoe recognizes that for certain residents, quality affordable rental housing has been difficult to obtain. In recent years many older hotel/motel properties have responded to the demand for lower income and workforce housing by converting their use from transient lodging to long term living facilities. Although this has fulfilled some of the demand for affordable housing, the conditions in these converted motel rooms are often poor.


The City of South Lake Tahoe Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program implemented common sense regulations for the use of hotel/motel rooms as quality transitional housing. Initial inspections have revealed substandard housing issues, however, most property owners are working diligently towards compliance.


Hotels/Motels that rent one (1) or more rooms for thirty (30) consecutive days are subject to the rules and regulations established by the SRO program. Examples of retrofits to SRO properties include, common kitchens, identifying placards, functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, etc.. For a detailed list of all requirements under the SRO Program, please view the documents below:

SRO Ordinance (PDF)

SRO Resolution (PDF)

SRO BL and TOT Verification Form (PDF)

SRO Permit Application (PDF)

SRO Requirements (PDF)

Common Area List Inspection Guide (PDF) 

Unit List Inspection Guide (PDF)

Smoke & CO Detectors Information (PDF) 

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements (PDF)

2017 and 2018 SRO Certified Property List (PDF) 

2019 SRO Certified Property List (PDF) 

Current SRO Certified Property List (PDF)


For recycling information, please visit the South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services

According to the California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Article 5, Section 42: “A manager, janitor, housekeeper, or other responsible person shall reside upon the premises and shall have charge of every apartment house in which there are 16 or more apartments, and of every hotel in which there are 12 or more guest rooms, in the event that the owner of any such apartment house or hotel does not reside upon said premises. Only one caretaker would be required for all structures under one ownership and on one continuous parcel of land. If the owner does not reside upon the premises of any apartment house in which there are more than four but less than 16 apartments, a notice stating his name and address, or the name and address of his agent in charge of the apartment house, shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises.”

Don’t overload your Home! According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 fires in the U.S are caused by electrical failure.  

Overloaded circuit warning signs (PDF).

The Saint Joseph Community Land Trust has a loan program available for families that are living in a Motel.  Please click on the link below for further information:

Saint Joseph Community Land Trust’s Motel to Housing Interest-Free Loan Program (PDF)