Vacation rental, massage regulations at South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting |

Vacation rental, massage regulations at South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting

Adam Jensen
Vacation rental rules are back on the South Lake Tahoe City Council's agenda this Tuesday.
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Possible changes to South Lake Tahoe’s vacation home rental rules and a discussion about whether new regulations are needed regarding massage businesses are set for Tuesday’s South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting.

The city approved new regulations regarding vacation home rentals in July. City staff asked for several modifications to the new rules in February.

Among the proposed updates to the regulations to be discussed by the council Tuesday, April 5, are clarification that a VHR permit does not require compliance with Tahoe Regional Planning Agency regulations, changes to allowed occupancy based on the number of paved parking spaces with a “not to exceed” occupancy based on bedrooms, a prohibition on self-limiting maximum occupancy and changes to fines to reflect higher amounts for multiple violations.

“The proposed ordinance amendments may require some VHRs to provide a higher permit fee due to removing the opportunity to self-limit the occupancy for a lesser fee,” wrote Hilary Roverud, the city’s interim director of development services, in a staff report. “However, some new VHRs may have more limited occupancy than under the current ordinance due to the parking situation and result in lesser fees. Both scenarios will affect revenue to the program.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting the council is expected to hear a presentation from South Lake Tahoe police on state and local regulation of massage businesses, which the city has seen a proliferation of in the past few years.

The presentation will include discussion of the history of rules surrounding massage businesses in California, concerns over illegal activity associated with some massage businesses in the state and how other communities have regulated the operations. The council may provide direction to staff regarding new regulations regarding the businesses.

The council meets starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers at Lake Tahoe Airport, located at 1901 Airport Road.

More information, and a complete agenda, is available at

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