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Placer County’s Short-Term Rental Program establishes rules for vacation rentals in unincorporated areas of eastern Placer County.


As of January 1, 2020, all short-term rentals in eastern Placer County (homes located above the 5,000-foot elevation) must have a permit, along with a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) certificate, to operate as a short-term rental.

The new ordinance is intended to strike a balance of reducing neighborhood nuisances like noise and parking issues related to vacation rentals without undermining the market for this important guest accommodation.

The new requirement includes a list of standards the owner must meet/provide to receive a permit, including:

  • A local contact that is available 24-hours a day by phone, with the ability to be at the property within 1 hour, if needed.
  • On-site parking available, or off-site parking plan approved by the County.
  • A fire inspection, conducted by North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
  • TOT certificate, or proof of application for one.

March 31 of each year is the deadline for property owners to apply.

For a complete list of permit requirements, visit the Placer County web page.

For questions about the program, contact Placer County at str@placer.ca.gov.