Visitor Accommodation Facilities

Due to COVID-19, the Finance Department is closed to visitors until further notice.

Visitor Accommodation Facility (as defined by Chapter 35, Article 3, Section 35-10 of City code): Any building, portion of any building, or group of buildings in which there are guest rooms or suites, including housekeeping units for transient guests, where lodging with or without meals is provided. This definition excludes Vacation Time-Share Facilities.

City of Monterey Visitor Accommodation Facility (VAF) Guidelines 

All VAF operators in the City are required to file a TOT return and pay the 10% of rent due on a bi-monthly basis pursuant to City of Monterey "Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance" (No. 1405 C.S.)

Monterey City Code: Chapter 35, Article 3 Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax
Once in the City Code, click on the bar at the left to read specific sections of the ordinance. The sections begin at 35-10 Definitions and end at 35-22 Violations.

The Monterey County Tourism Improvement District (MCTID) was established in 2007. The proceeds from the MCTID assessment are used to administer marketing programs to promote the County of Monterey as a tourism destination and to fund projects, programs and activities that benefit lodging businesses within the district.

The assessment levied on all lodging businesses within the city of Monterey is $2.00 per occupied room night for full service VAF and $1.00 per occupied night for limited service VAF.

All of the assessments imposed are reviewed by City Council annually, based on the annual reports prepared by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The City is entitled to retain one percent (1%) of the assessments collected to defer the administrative costs incurred.

Reference: Chapter 18, Article 4 of the City code.
Once in the City Code, click on the bar at the left to read specific sections of the ordinance. The sections begin at 18-41 Authority and end at 18-54 Administrative Fee.

In February 2014, VAF owners voted to authorize City Council to levy a special tax and to issue debt to finance the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Monterey Conference Center (MCC). As established in the Rate and Method of Apportionment (the "RMA"), the special tax went into effect July 1, 2014.

Type Summary Rate
Adjacent Hotel Hotel property within 100' of MCC (currently 3 hotels) 4.15% of all rent
Full Service Hotel Lodging with food & beverage as defined by Smith Travel Research 1.60% of all rent
Limited Service Hotel Neither adjacent nor service 0.80% of all rent

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Filing your Return

Lauren Lai, CPA
Finance Director

Jordan Cupps, CPA
Assistant Finance Director

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8:00am to 5:00pm

(831) 646-3940

Accounts Payable
(831) 646-3943

(831) 646-3942

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Monterey, CA 93940
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