Proposed Changes in VHR Oversight Structure

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 13, 2018 / comments

[Carla B. Hass]

El Dorado County today announced some internal changes to the way it will conduct the permitting, inspections, compliance and enforcement of vacation home rentals (VHRs) in the coming months.

Prior to July 6th, the County’s Treasure-Tax Collector was the entity responsible for permitting VHRs in the Lake Tahoe Basin and licensing VHRs in the rest of the unincorporated parts of the County, monitoring compliance, collecting Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), investigating alleged violations, and assessing penalties. As directed by the Board of Supervisors in June, staff has studied other jurisdiction’s models, reviewed internal functions and will incrementally transfer all but the TOT collection responsibilities to the Department of Planning and Building.

Beginning in mid-July, enforcement of the ordinance governing VHRs will transfer to the Department of Planning and Building. Compliance activities will become the responsibility of Code Enforcement. The Treasure-Tax Collector will continue to issue VHR permits and business licenses for the rest of 2018. Early next year, the County anticipates transferring the permitting and licensing function to the Department of Planning and Building.

“With this new approach, the County hopes to offer a more streamlined process that ultimately provides residents with greater transparency, efficiency and satisfaction,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Don Ashton. “Between now and the end of the year, we will be making additional recommendations to the Board regarding programming, staffing and funding related to VHR and code enforcement activities as we move forward with the transition process.”

For general information about VHRs, see the County’s dedicated website here. For the updated VHR ordinance that took effect July 5th, click here. For a list of all permitted VHRs, click here and click the “submit” button to see the full list of VHRs in the Lake Tahoe Basin (VHRs outside this area and not including the cities of South Lake Tahoe and Placerville have been required to obtain a business license only). For general questions about VHRs email