What is a General Improvement District?

As Nevada's population grew in the mid 1900s a state law was passed allowing counties, where they deemed necessary, to place the responsibility of maintaining individual communities called districts on it's property owners. Thus the Skyland GID was created in 1964 by Ordinance #135 pursuant to Nevada Revised Statue (NRS) 318.010. There are five elected Board of Trustees that administer and govern the district. The general purposes of the District are to acquire, construct, reconstruct, grade, improve, extend or better a works, system, or facility including but not limited to streets, highways, roads, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, drainage, lighting, water, sewer, garbage and refuse. The board meets at least twice a year to conduct the business of the District.


RV, Boat, or Utility Trailer PARKING

The question often arises as to where you can park your RV, Boat, utility trailer, and other similar equipment. Generally in a residentially zoned neighborhood, if your parcel is under ½ acre, units can be parked in an enclosed building, or can be parked in a rear or side yard if screened from all properties and right of ways by a 6 foot tall, solid fence. You can also park your equipment anywhere for the specific purpose of loading and unloading for a time period not to exceed 48 hours but must not be used for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes when parked or stored on any lot or in any location not approved for that use. Unattached trailers or combination of trailers and vehicles in excess of 24 feet in length are not allowed to be parked on any street in a residential neighborhood. If you have any questions or concerns you are always welcomed to contact Douglas County Code Enforcement at 775-782-6214 or email: . Please be aware that the Sheriff’s Office enforces on street parking violations



Douglas County Commissioners recently adopted a new ordinance to clarify certain issues pertaining to vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe. As the new ordinance states: “Vacation home rentals provide a community benefit by expanding the number and type of lodging facilities available and assist owners of vacation home rentals by providing revenue which may be used for maintenance upgrades and deferred costs.” County staff has responded to numerous complaints involving excessive noise, disorderly conduct, vandalism, and illegal vehicle parking and garbage issues. The transitory nature of occupants of vacation homes makes continued enforcement against the occupants difficult. The provisions of the ordinance are necessary to prevent the continued burden on county services and impacts on residential neighborhoods posed by vacation rental homes.

It is the intent of the Lake Tahoe Vacation Home Rental ordinance to make the transitory lodging activity permitted by this ordinance resemble the existing residential uses made by resident owners and lessees.

Section 5.40.040 provides definitions of words and phrases used to describe such words as overnight, owner, rent, and vacation home rental. You can find these definitions by reading the new ordinance. Pertinent to the ordinance is the definition of the “Vacation home rental”: One or more dwelling units, including either a single-family, detached or multiple-family attached unit, rented for the purpose of overnight lodging for a period of not less than 1 day and not more than 28 days other than ongoing month-to-month tenancy granted to the same renter for the same unit pursuant to chapter 118A of NRS.

A local contact person is a licensed property manager, owner, or local individual who resides or has a primary place of business located within Douglas County, who is available to respond to tenant and neighborhood questions or concerns.

Owners of vacation rental must have a valid vacation home rental permit for said unit, or may retain a licensed property manager to comply with the regulations.

The specifics on overnight occupancy of the rental are included in the full ordinance document from the county. This includes # of persons, parking regulations and size of property to accommodate various # of persons.

The Skyland GID is not taking a position on this new ordinance of clarification, but is merely notifying property owners within Skyland that the ordinance does exist.

To view the entire ordinance click below:



SKYLAND, located on the South East coast of Lake Tahoe, was developed in the early 1960s. There are 245 homes in the subdivision. The formation of the Skyland General Improvement District (GID) was petitioned by the Skyland property owners under Nevada Law NRS 318. On the 6th day of April, 1964 the Board of Commissioners approved Douglas County Ordinance 135 that created the Skyland General Improvement District.

The GID's purpose, as stated in the ordinance, is for paving and plowing of streets, maintaining curbs, gutters, sidewalks, maintain storm runoff vaults and the fence along highway 50, provide street lighting, water and sewer improvements.

The original developer "The Stockton Corp." willed that the use of Skyland beach is for all Skyland property owners. The Stockton Corp also issued CC & R s; these expired in the year 2000. Since the year 2000 all development and housing codes, parking, etc. are controlled by Douglas County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA).

Douglas County Ordinance NO. 271 amended Title 10 of Douglas County Code to establish vehicle speed limits and parking restrictions in the Skyland subdivision.

The GID, per NRS 318, is a Quasi Municipal Corporation which is governed by an elected Board of Trustees. Revenue for running the District comes from Nevada sales and motor vehicle taxes and from GID assessed "ADVALOREM" taxes that Douglas County collects on behalf of the GID.

The Board of Trustees, according to the laws of Nevada, has to meet once a year. Typically, the Skyland GID board meets 4 or 5 times a year. Meeting notices are posted on three bulletin boards within the district as well as at the round Hill Post Office and the Public Library.

- Fire protection is provided by the Tahoe Douglas Fire District. The fire district gets the revenue needed from property taxes collected.

- Sewage is collected by the Tahoe-Douglas Sewer District and treated and pumped down to Carson Valley by the Douglas County Sewer Improvement District #1.

- The potable water system is managed by Douglas County. Water is pumped directly from the lake, filtered at a "state of the art" treatment plant located just south of Cave Rock and then pumped to a new water storage tank above Skyland in the forest.