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Transient Occupancy Tax Online Application

City of Santa Cruz Application for Residential Short-Term Rental (STR) Permit and Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Registration Certificate

PLEASE NOTE that the City approved changes to its regulations that limit short-term rentals. Obtaining a STR Permit and TOT Registration Certificate does not guarantee continued short-term rental use. Additionally, Accessory Dwelling Unit properties may not be converted to short-term/vacation rentals.

A separate application is required for each short-term rental unit (including more than one unit on the same property).

To facilitate the processing of your application, please provide all requested information including a site plan, floor plan, color photo, and proof of residency if applicable. Plans do not need to be drawn by a professional, however plans must be drawn to scale and include:

* Plot (site) plan showing property boundary lines, location of all existing buildings, and location and dimension of on-site parking.

* Floor plan showing all rooms with each room labeled as to room type and use (e.g., bedroom: 1 king bed, 2 twin beds; sitting room/den with pull-out sofa; kitchen; dining room, etc.); note with asterisk (*) which room(s) to be used for STR (no asterisk notes required if entire unit is STR).

* Color photograph of the front of the residence, which includes visible building address number.

* Proof of principal residency for Hosted STR: Evidence that owner has been granted a Homeowner’s Exemption pursuant to California Revenue and Taxation Code §218, on file in the County Assessor’s Office as evidenced by copy of current property tax bill or print-out from County web site, and at least two other pieces of documentation: federal or state tax returns; bank statements; vehicle registration; CA driver’s license; voter registration; employment records; mailing address for bills and correspondence.

By signing this application, the Owner(s)/Operator(s) attest(s):

I/WE DECLARE UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT 1) I/WE ARE THE PROPERTY OWNER(S) OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE(S) OF THE PROPERTY OWNER(S); 2) THE PROPERTY IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SCMC CHAPTER 3.28, TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX, INCLUDING FILING OF ALL TOT RETURNS AND PAYMENT OF ALL TAXES, PENALTIES, AND INTEREST DUE FOR ANY SHORT-TERM RENTALS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF APPLICATION; 3) I/WE UNDERSTAND THAT ANY SALE, ASSIGNMENT, OR OTHER TRANSFER, INCLUDING ANY CHANGE OF OPERATOR AND/OR OWNERSHIP, REQUIRES A NEW RESIDENTIAL STR PERMIT AND TOT REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE APPLICATION; AND 4) THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS TRUE AND CORRECT.

For application questions please contact Alex Khoury at 831-420-5116 or akhoury@cityofsantacruz.com.

*ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO AUDIT*