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Carpinteria Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) General Information

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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 Business License.
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:

 

Period Final Due Date Delinquent Date
January, February, March April 30th May 1st
April, May, June July 31st August 1st
July, August, September October 31st November 1st
October, November, December January 31st February 1st

For more additional information please see the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)/ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) Section.

 

ADDITIONAL INFO:

John Thornberry 
Administrative Services Director
telephone (805) 755-4448
email johnt@ci.carpinteria.ca.us

Monique Epley
Finance Supervisor
telephone (805) 880-3406
email moniquee@ci.carpinteria.ca.us


Contact the City of Carpinteria at:
5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-5405 (805) 684-5304 FAX

Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon.-Fri. Closed holidays
 

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