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Only 900 Vacation Home Rental (VHR) Permits Available in El Dorado County

Only 900 Vacation Home Rental (VHR) Permits Available in El Dorado County

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors recently passed an updated vacation home rental (VHR) ordinance for the Lake Tahoe portion of the county. In a unanimous vote on February 24, the second reading of the ordinance passed, one that adds a ceiling on the number of permits allowed.

The new ordinance limits the number of VHR permits to 900. The first draft of the ordinance had 1,050 as the recommended number but the supervisors thought a lower number would give more relief to local residents.

There are currently about 750 permits for VHRs either approved or pending in the county portion of Lake Tahoe. When it was first announced that the Board would be implementing a cap, twenty new applications were submitted. Should all permits be issued a waiting list will be created.

With numerous suspected unpermitted rentals currently operating, the county is working to get them on board by obtaining a permit. The new ordinance will not allow them to operate for one year (if permits are still available) and payment of past TOT and fees.

Recent Updates to the Ordinance

  • Property owners that have a valid vacation home rental permit from the County must demonstrate at the time of renewal that the property was rented in the prior year if it’s not obvious in the associated Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) returns. Failure to demonstrate this may result in the permit not being renewed. This is to prevent vacation home rental permits from being obtained with no intent to rent the property.
  • Renewals of existing permitted vacation home rentals in the Tahoe Basin, for which a vacation rental permit was granted based on an application submitted on or before November 1, 2020, shall not be limited based on the cap requirements. An application to renew a permit for a vacation rental shall be submitted no sooner than 180 days before the expiration date of the existing permit, and no later than the date of expiration of that permit. Upon receipt of a complete application, the expiration of the existing permit shall be stayed until final action is taken on the renewal application.
  • Children five years of age or younger are not counted towards the occupancy limits. Occupancy may be lowered pursuant to the outcome of the fire and life safety inspection.
  • A bedroom shall only be recognized as such for purposes of this ordinance if it has been approved and inspected by the Building Official, and can be verified by reference to the Assessor’s office.
  • Operation of a vacation home rental without a valid certified local contact, or without a valid contact phone number, or the failure to report a complaint and resolution shall be considered a violation.
  • Any vacation home rental found to be operating without a permit will not be permitted to obtain a permit until all past due transient occupancy taxes, penalties and interest are paid in full and will be precluded from applying for a vacation home rental permit or from being added to the waiting list for a one year period.

Other details, phone numbers and rules can be found here – https://www.edcgov.us/Government/planning/vhr

Original article written by By Paula Peterson for South Tahoe Now, please visit southtahoenow.com for full media release.

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