El Dorado Vacation Rental Permit Update

*This is an old article. For up-to-date information please visit our main Vacation Rental page at https://paradise-realestate.com/vacation-home-rentals-vhrs-lake-tahoe/


In January 2021 the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted to put a CAP in place for vacation rental permits. The CAP they set was 900, and we had approximately 740 current permits at the time. Over the next few months, with a very hot real estate market, we saw the number of available permits drop steadily. On May 21, 2021 the CAP of 900 was reached.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a vacation rental permit in El Dorado County.


Since the CAP was reached, the County staff put in place a waitlist and a new application process. Basically, you fill out and submit the new VHR Waitlist Application form (see the link below) to VHRpermitrenewal@edcgov.us.

VHR Waitlist Application

There is also a fee of $140 to be placed on the waitlist, but we are unsure currently of how you would get that fee submitted to the County and would recommend asking. The County staff is pre-scheduling all in-person and phone appointments. You can use the link below to schedule online, or call 530-621-5355.

Schedule Appointment

Appointments are being scheduled for Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for in-person appointments and 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM for phone appointments.

If you have a general question about the VHR process, email the County staff at vhrpermitrenewal@edcgov.us.

For more detailed information, you can go to the County VHR website at: www.edcgov.us/Government/planning/vhr


The County is also looking at creating a buffer of 500ft radius around any current vacation rentals that would prevent VHRs from being located next to each other and spread them out. On Tuesday, August 24th, 2021, the Board of Supervisors voted to revise the VHR Ordinance to add a 500 foot buffer around all active VHR permits. If you currently have a VHR permit and are in good standing, this will likely not affect your property. Staff will not know the future impact until after the revision of the ordinance goes into place later this year. 

Our Team is keeping a close eye on this potential change, and will update this page as more information comes out.

With a 500ft radius rule, in addition to the already existing 900 permit cap, this will make it very difficult to get a VHR permit in the County.

For up-to-date information on Vacation Rentals in the Tahoe area, please check out the main VHR page with all of our other articles on the subject HERE.

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