Business license proposed for rentals |

Business license proposed for rentals

by Susie Vasquez

Douglas County’s first business license would be limited to rentals in the Tahoe Basin if a plan to be discussed at Thursday’s county commissioner’s meeting becomes law.

An edict to regulate vacation rentals in the Basin came from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which adopted an ordinance in March allowing vacation rentals as long as they are regulated and enforced by local jurisdictions.

Douglas County is considering a business license to regulate this type of business. The county is the only one in Nevada that does not issue business licenses. Instead, the county registers fictitious business names.

Affected counties had six months, or until September, to create their own ordinance. Due to complications that deadline will not be met, said County Manager Dan Holler.

“The ordinance has been problematic, both in the area of defining the requirements, as well as looking at a reasonable enforcement strategy that can be implemented without requiring an increase in county personnel and/or staff time,” Holler said.

El Dorado County just approved its new ordinance, and the city of South Lake Tahoe already has its regulation on the books.

Douglas, Washoe and Placer counties had not yet formulated theirs by August, said Julie Regan, communications director for the TRPA.

Vacation rentals in residential areas are a serious issue in the Tahoe Basin, where 30 to 40 college students will rent a five-bedroom home for a weekend, then set up beds in the garage, said Zephyr Heights resident Guy Moss.

He has two vacation rentals next door and parking congestion is a serious problem on the narrow roads in Zephyr Heights.

“I have a lot of conversations with the sheriff’s office, about twice a week this time of year,” he said.

In other business:

— The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s proposed regional transportation plan will be discussed, including everything from the South Lake Tahoe Airport to a winter visitor travel survey.

Commissioners could either approve the plan as submitted, or refer the plan back to the TRPA’s Advisory Planning Commission for additional public discussion.

— Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 213.


What: Douglas County Commissioners’ Meeting

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Douglas County Administration Building, 175 Highway 50 East, Stateline, Nv.