If you are looking to purchase a home to use as a short-term vacation rental (rental periods of less than 31 nights), you will be required to apply for a permit with the county in which the home is located. While Lake Tahoe falls into two different states, we have five different counties around the lake, that each have their own set of requirements and their own application processes. The guidelines have gone through numerous renditions and are always subject to change, so your best resources will be found on the county websites, organized below.
Let’s start with the counties. In the below map of Lake Tahoe, you will see four counties, with Truckee falling into both Placer County and Nevada County (detailed in the second map), and in some neighborhoods, it may even come down to what side of the road you live on! Northstar lies in Placer County, while Tahoe Donner is in Nevada County. The town of Truckee lies in Nevada County, which has additional restrictions, including that your home can not be short-term rented within one year of purchase.
Notably, many gated communities and some condo complexes and HOAs will not allow rentals for less than 31-day periods. If renting your home for short increments of time is a requirement for your purchase, this may dictate neighborhoods that you search in.
Some counties experience waitlists for permits. If renting your home is a necessary part of your purchase, you may want to call county offices to determine the waiting period.
Below, we provide links for more information on each county’s Short-Term Rental program and application process.
With a wave of new development projects underway, revitalization of Lake Tahoe continues. Read our summary of upcoming projects below, and see the significant investments being made to North Lake Tahoe. Links are provided to take you to developers’ websites with more detail.
The Waldorf Astoria by EKN
Hotel giant Hilton announced plans for the luxury Waldorf Astoria Lake Tahoe to be located on the 15-acre site of the former Tahoe Biltmore Hotel and Casino on the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe. Slated to open in 2027, the newly built resort will feature 76 guest rooms and 61 Waldorf Astoria-branded residences. Hilton signed a brand and management agreement for the Northern Nevada project with EKN Development Group.
At the site of the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City, there are plans to develop the approximately four acres to a development that includes a lakefront hotel, 31 residential condominium units, and 8,000 square feet of commercial retail space along North Lake Boulevard. Boatworks at Tahoe, LLC acquired the Mall in 2019 and the adjacent 35-room Tahoe City Inn in late 2018.
Homewood Mountain Resort is switching to a members only model with 175-180 residences to be built around the base of the ski resort area, plus a hotel with 15-20 rooms. Memberships offer lifelong access to skiing. Purchasing a residence will include a membership and an additional number (TBD) of non-residential memberships will be sold. The Discovery Land Company operates a vast portfolio of private residential clubs and resorts, including the famed Yellowstone Club.
Located in downtown Tahoe City, a new luxury development is opening its doors to a limited number of astute buyers. Tahoe City Lodge, the first new resort development project in over 50 years, is scheduled to break ground in Spring 2023, with estimated completion in Winter 2024/2025. This will be a four-star hotel with 65 resort condominiums and a restaurant and rooftop bar.
Larry Ellison’s investment firm acquired the lakeside resort for $345M on September 3. At more than $817,535 a room, the deal for the property in Incline Village, Nevada, set a per-room record for hotel pricing in the Tahoe market, according to Atlas Hospitality Group President Alan Reay. The deal includes the 16-acre main Hyatt property at 111 Country Club Drive, as well as an adjacent 8.5-acre parcel on the lake’s shore that contains 24 cottages and the Lone Eagle Grille restaurant. The 12-story resort features 422 guest rooms, including 35 suites, restaurants, spa, casino, and more. According to the website, Hyatt Regency will be undergoing renovations to enhance the guest experience from late April 2023 through April 2025. During this time access to Lake Tahoe, the beach and the pier will be unavailable.
39°N is a vibrant new hotel, housing, restaurant/retail and community space right in the heart of Kings Beach. 39°N is anchored by a 153-room hotel and will offer 36 for-sale townhomes and 74 units of for-rent workforce housing. The project is intended to bring a new energy to the Kings Beach core.
Nine 47 Tahoe is a luxury development of 40 mountain modern condominiums located in Incline Village, starting at $2.5M. The development boasts reserved garage parking, stunning courtyards, a rooftop deck and a dog washing station. Residences include two, three, and four bedrooms ranging 1,525 to 4,171 square feet.
I had the honor of representing the buyer of this three bedroom, two bathroom Incline Village gem.
With filtered lake views and acres of forest landscape to bask in, this is the ultimate mountain home paradise! Plus, Incline Village offers incredible community amenities to meet every outdoor lifestyle. Congratulations to both parties!