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The Transient Occupancy Tax has been part of the Town’s code for many years and was last updated in 2008 when, by voter approval the TOT rate increased from 8% to 12%, below is a link to the Town Code. https://library.municode.com/CA/Windsor/CODES/Code_of_Ordinances?nodeId=TITIIRETA_CH3TROCTA
During the August 17, 2022, Council meeting Item 13.1 Urgency Ordinance – Moratorium on New Business Licenses for Short-term Rentals was presented and during the discussion we received direction from the Town Council to pursue the collection of TOT for all STR’s.
The Town is not charging penalties or “back-billing” STR owners for TOT during this transition. Moving forward we ask that it is included on all reservations and paid in a timely manner.
TOT is paid monthly by Hotels/Motels and the Town requested that the STRs pay quarterly. In early November 2022, the Town will launch an on-line platform like the current business license platform. Once the platform is up and running all customers will be able to manage their accounts online and will be required to submit TOT payments monthly.
BIA is the Business Improvement Area assessment of 2% that is paid to Sonoma County for the “Sonoma County Tourism Business Improvement Area Fund.” Currently, if your gross receipts are more than $350,000.00 per fiscal year you are required to pay the 2% when you submit your TOT, otherwise you can put N/A or 0 for line 4 on the remittance form.
These funds are designated specifically to market overnight stays in the Business Improvement Area. https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/administrative-support-and-fiscal-services/auditor-controller-treasurer-tax-collector/divisions/revenue-accounting/transient-occupancy-taxes-(tot/bia)#:~:text=Sonoma%20County%20ordinance%205525.
Questions regarding TOT can be directed to the Revenue Department by calling (707) 838-1004, emailing us at TOT@townofwindsor.com or visiting us during business hour, Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 to 6:00 PM
The Urgency Moratorium on Short Term Rentals means any business license application for a STR submitted after 8/17/2022 (the date the moratorium was enacted), will not be processed at this time.
You can contact Kimberly Jordan | Planner III by email to submit comments or suggestions at email@example.com or mail comments to her attention: 9291 Old Redwood Highway Bldg. 400, Windsor, CA 95492