Tax Results for the City of Santa Barbara

Authored on
October 19, 2021

The City of Santa Barbara collected $2.8 million in transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for September 2021. TOT revenues in September 2021 were about $964,000 above September collections last year—which was significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and travel advisories.  Compared to September 2019,  revenues were higher by 20%; however, this is largely due to increased average daily rates, which are 39% higher than September 2019.

The local travel industry is now seeing increases in demand for rooms relative to recent months that is likely to continue throughout the fall as the State has lifted travel advisories and as access to vaccinations has become more widely available.

The City has collected $9.9 million through September, the third month in the City’s fiscal year. The City’s adopted TOT budget for all funds is $23.4 million, of which $19.5 million is budgeted in the General Fund. 

The Transient Occupancy Tax table can be viewed here. The City’s TOT tax rate is 12%.  10% goes to the City’s General Fund and the remaining 2% goes to the Creeks/Clean Water Fund.  The table has been revised to report total TOT revenues collected.



Contact Info


735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

P: (805) 963-0611
F: (805) 564-5475

Jennifer Tomaszewski, Finance and Treasury Manager