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.):
- Obtain a City of Carpinteria Standard Business License Application or Short-term Rental Application (for “Vacation Rentals” or “Home Stays” only).
- You will be issued a TOT Registration Certificate for each unit, which you will need to post prominently in each unit.
- Remit a quarterly TOT Remittance Form to the City, even if no tax is due.
- Unit(s) must be located within the PRD or CPD zone or otherwise approved by the City.
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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
April, May, June
July, August, September
October, November, December