South Lake Tahoe to clarify aspects of vacation home rental ordinance |

South Lake Tahoe to clarify aspects of vacation home rental ordinance

Adam Jensen

City staff asked the South Lake Tahoe City Council for clarification on several aspects of a vacation home rental ordinance that went into effect in October.

How the city should enforce the number of guests allowed in a vacation rental, whether the council wants vacation home rentals to conform to all parking requirements or just the number of required parking spaces and how land coverage limits at Lake Tahoe play into issuing vacation rental permits are among issues city staff asked council to clarify during the regular Tuesday meeting.

A council subcommittee will meet to discuss some of the issues before bringing possible solutions back to the full council during a future session.

Since Oct. 1 the city has issued 23 citations for operating a vacation rental without a permit and 41 citations for other violations related to vacation rentals, including noise complaints, the proper disposal of trash and parking, according to a Tuesday presentation by city VHR clerk Amanda Nolan.

As part of ordinance enforcement, the city requires vacation rental owners to bring hot tubs installed without permits into compliance with electrical standards and has, during winter months, been requiring owners of vacation rentals without paved driveways to provide a $3,200 bond and agree to pave driveways by June 1, according to the presentation.

More information on the ordinance is available at

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