The City of Carpinteria Transient
Occupancy Tax calculated at a rate of 12%
above the rent charged for a room or
rooms, or other living space, in a hotel,
inn, tourist home or house, motel or other
lodging for a period of 30 consecutive
days or less. The amount of tax is
remitted to the City Finance Department on
a quarterly basis.
The TOT primarily affects hotels, motels,
and seasonal rentals. It is a standard fee
among cities and counties in California
charged to “visitors” for a period of 30 consecutive
days or less. The majority of the state’s coastal
towns charge a rate of 10%, with some
cities charging 8-14%.
The following is required for owners
and/or managers providing a short-term
rental (for a period of 30 consecutive
days or less.):
1. Obtain a City of Carpinteria Standard Business License Application or Short-term Rental Application (for "Vacation Rentals" or "Home Stays" only).
2. You will be issued a TOT Registration Certificate for each unit, which you will need to post prominently in each unit.
3. Remit a quarterly TOT Remittance Form to the City, even if no tax is due.
4. Unit(s) must be located within the PRD or CPD zone or otherwise approved by the City.
All taxes collected by operators shall be
remitted to the City pursuant to the
CMC 3.20.080 within 30 days after each
calendar quarter-end as follows:
Final Due Date
January, February, March
October, November, December
For more information on "Vacation Rentals" and "Home Stays,"
see the Short-term Rental Regulations page.