South Lake Tahoe Airbnb Rules

Short-term rentals are currently legal in South Lake Tahoe.

A Vacation Home Rental Permit Required to Operate. It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to rent, maintain, facilitate, advertise or list a dwelling unit as a short term rental without a valid vacation home rental permit issued pursuant to this article. It shall be unlawful to rent, lease, use or operate a multifamily dwelling as a vacation home rental. Transient occupancy tax shall be assessed for vacation home rentals. Occupancy of all VHRs in residential zones shall be calculated by multiplying the number of bedrooms by two. The maximum occupancy for any vacation rental is 12. The number of on-site paved parking spaces required equals one per four occupants. The voluntary reduction of occupancy in order to reduce fees is not permitted.

In addition to all noise standards set forth in the city code and TRPA Code, the use of any equipment generating noise and the use of outdoor amplified music, speakers or other amplified equipment is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Currently, the vacation rental market is clashing with the hotel industry, creating issues for both sides. The rentals are becoming more and more popular and hotels are fighting back by pushing for zoning laws and restrictions.

A great resource is the South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Alliance. You can reach out to Stu Roberson at

For more information, click here.

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