Short-Term Rentals

Washoe County has begun the process to establish standards for short-term rentals in the unincorporated County (outside of Reno and Sparks)*. More information about the process and opportunities for involvement will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

View FAQs about short-term rentals (PDF; updated 9/23/19)

*Note: Unincorporated Washoe County includes those areas of the County located outside of the city limits of Reno and Sparks. It includes areas such as Incline Village, Washoe Valley, Spanish Springs, Hidden Valley, Sun Valley, portions of Verdi and Cold Springs, and others. If you’re not sure if a location is within unincorporated Washoe County, click here to find out.

What is a short-term rental?

Short-term rentals are generally operated out of private residences such as homes, apartments and condos. They are commonly made available through property management companies and online booking services such as Airbnb and VRBO. They are also commonly called vacation rentals, and are generally booked for 28-days or fewer.

What does the County want to achieve?

Washoe County intends to establish simple, fair and enforceable standards for short-term rentals that balance competing interests and maximize voluntary compliance.

Final workshop held Aug. 28 and online survey closed Sept. 6

Washoe County held three public workshops Aug. 20-28 regarding short-term rentals. Two workshops were held in Incline Village and all workshops followed a similar format intended to gather feedback on concerns, possible solutions, and opportunities associated with establishing standards and a permitting process. An online survey was also available until Sept. 6 for those unable to attend the public workshops or those who wished to provide expanded comments.

Survey and workshop topics included: short-term rental permitting requirements; Incline-specific concerns; fire and guest safety; and possible impacts to quality of life such as parking, trash, or noise.

Public input from the survey and workshops will be used to assist County staff in their efforts to establish simple, fair and enforceable standards for short-term rentals.

View workshop presentation (PDF)

View FAQs about short-term rentals (PDF)

Next steps

Information gathered from the survey and workshops will be used to draft approaches for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners. County staff is also in the process of meeting with various impacted agencies to discuss potential standards, processes and enforcement capabilities/mechanisms. Draft recommendations are currently expected to be heard by the Board in fall 2019. The Board meeting date will be posted here when finalized.

Have questions or were unable to attend a workshop?

If you have questions, please email or view a list of frequently asked questions.

If you'd like to provide feedback on short-term rentals but were unable to attend a workshop, please email

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