Carla B. Hass



(PLACERVILLE, CA) – El Dorado County officials today launched a new Code Enforcement micro website to provide accurate and timely information about the County's vacation home rental (VHR) program to VHR owners, local residents, and VHR renters.


"For years, the Board of Supervisors has discussed the need for VHR policies to strike a balance between the rights of homeowners to rent their properties and the rights of the surrounding communities not to be disrupted by renters. Such a balancing act requires a strong education and outreach effort through Code Enforcement and Planning. This website is one component in the Board's overall approach to do just that," said Planning and Building Director, Tiffany Schmid.


El Dorado County regulates, permits, and enforces vacation home rentals within its jurisdiction of the Tahoe Basin and West Slope, excluding the incorporated cities. VHRs operating within the city limits of the City of South Lake Tahoe are permitted and enforced by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. VHRs operating within the city limits of Placerville are permitted and enforced by the City of Placerville.


Within unincorporated El Dorado County, Code Enforcement administers the VHR enforcement program while staff from Planning Services administers the VHR permitting program.


The microsite links together the various aspects of the VHR program, including VHR permitting, Building permits, Fire Department inspections, and Code Enforcement activities. The new site will complement and supplement the existing VHR Permitting website and provides a seamless transition between Code Enforcement and Permitting activities.


Residents and visitors will now be able to go to one place on the County's web site and find information and resources including links to all VHR partner agencies and departments, FAQs, the Code Enforcement progressive enforcement approach, how to lodge a complaint, a permit tracking tool, contact information, penalties, and a sign-up page for a new VHR enforcement newsletter.


"The VHR Ordinances are the minimum set of standards adopted by the County's Board of Supervisors which govern how VHRs are permitted and how they operate. It is the role of County staff to educate and enforce those ordinances in a fair, transparent, and consistent manner and this new micro website is a solid step in that direction," said Schmid.


The website can be found here.



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