Transient Occupancy Tax is a tax that is charged for the privilege of occupancy in any Hotel/Motel. Each transient is subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of thirteen percent (13%) of the rent charged by the operator (Hotel/Motel owner). This tax constitutes a debt owed by the transient to the City, which is extinguished only by payment to the Hotel/Motel owner at the time the rent is paid. The owner of the Hotel/Motel collects the tax imposed on the transient and pays the City directly. All taxes collected by operators pursuant to this chapter is the property of the City and shall be held in trust for the account of the City until remittance thereof is made to the Tax Administrator.
No tax shall be imposed upon:
The reason for the occupant’s exemption must be listed by providing the guest’s name and organization/agency, if the occupancy is for less than 30 consecutive days.
Please review the City’s Municipal Code for additional information regarding transient occupancy tax.
Transient occupancy tax returns and exemption forms can now be submitted by email to simplify your monthly reporting. Complete the online forms and your transient occupancy tax and exemptions are automatically calculated, enter your bank routing number and account number and your payment is debited from your account and a receipt is emailed to you.
Tax returns must be filed with the City on or before the fifteenth (15th) calendar day of the month following the close of each calendar month.
If you are a new hotel/motel that has not registered with the City of Riverside, you must contact the Business Tax Office to register before transient occupancy taxes can be submitted.
Payment can be made either online, by mail or in person following the below instructions. The TOT Return Form(PDF) must be used when submitting your payment, no matter which payment option you choose.
Bring completed TOT Return Form to:
City of Riverside City Hall
Business Tax Office
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92522
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Business Tax phone 951-826-5465