Vacation Rentals in North Lake Tahoe

Rules and regulations for Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs) are different in every jurisdiction around Lake Tahoe. The strictest rules are found in South Lake Tahoe. Most areas have rules that cover how transient occupancy taxes (TOT) is collected and delivered to the jurisdiction. Some areas have rules for occupants and fire safety. But what about the North Shore of Lake Tahoe? To answer that question we need to break it down into the multiple jurisdictions in the North Shore... Truckee, North Shore CA, Incline Village NV.


In Truckee, properties must be registered and hold a Registration Certificate Number (RCN) within 30 days of commencing business a short-term rental (i.e. VHR). There is currently no registration fee, and it is a one-time registration (so no annual fee to renew the registration). They even allow you register online. The town of Truckee has contracted with a consultant, Host Compliance, to analyze properties being offered as a VHRThis is to verify the properties are registered with the Town, and they are paying their share of taxes.

For more details on the registration process and TOT compliance, visit Town of Truckee Short-Term Rental.

North Shore CA

The areas outside of the Town of Truckee on the California side of the North Shore are located in Placer County, and follow the County rules for VHRs. In addition to long-standing tax collection rules, in 2018 Placer County updated their ordinance to address VHRs. The new measures include the following:

  • requirement to post fliers in all VHRs outlining local rules and tips for being a considerate guest
  • requiring operators to file local contact information with the county
  • requiring TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) certificate holders to read and acknowledge their understanding of county ordinances for noise, trash and parking

Placer County also uses Host Compliance, the same company Truckee and other areas use, to ensure VHR operators are complying with the tax code. In 2019 they added a complaint department at Host compliance to allow neighbors to register when a VHR near them was breaking the rules.

There are workshops scheduled to get public input on an updated VHR ordinance proposal. Items being discussed are: noise, parking, waste collection, occupancy limits, enforcement protocols, and a requirement for residences to obtain a permit in order to operate as a VHR. The workshops are scheduled for September 23, 2019 in Kings Beach, and September 30, 2019 in Auburn. Both workshops will be live-streamed at After the workshops and public input, the County staff will present an ordinance to the Placer County Board of Supervisors for consideration in fall of 2019.

Incline Village NV

On the Nevada side of the North Shore you will find the popular town of Incline Village, which falls under the regulations put forth by Washoe County NV. Washoe County is very large, and includes the cities of Reno and Sparks. Because of the large size of the county and the fact VHRs are really only located in one small section up at the Lake in Incline Village, the County hasn't put any rules in place yet to regulate VHRs. But that might be changing soon.

The County has begun the process to establish standards for VHRs in all of the unincorporated areas, including Incline Village. They held three public workshops on the issue during August 2019, and sent out a survey to gather feedback on concerns and solutions. The public input from the survey and workshops will be used to assist the County staff in their efforts to establish simple, fair and enforceable standards for VHR. Draft recommendations are expected to be heard by the Board of County Commissioners in fall 2019.

To get more information and go through the workshop documents, visit Washoe County Short Term Rentals.

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. Or contact us to get more detailed information.

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