Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) returns for Short-Term Rentals can now be submitted online, by phone, and mail to simplify your monthly reporting. To submit your TOT online, please click the “Start Now” button found on the right and select the “TOT Remittance” option to begin your monthly filing process.

For the privilege of occupancy in any “hotel”, including Short-Term Rentals, each transient shall be subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of fourteen percent (14%) of the rent charged by the operator.

If you need further assistance or help with filing your TOT return, you are welcome to contact us at SanMateoTOT@hdlgov.com or by phone at (650) 443-9056. All questions and applications are now processed online or over the phone.

TOT forms and payments may also be mailed to the address below. Please make checks payable to City of San Mateo.


TOT Remittance
TOT Payment
  • Pay an outstanding balance for TOT

    Start here to pay a balance due on an established account with the City of San Mateo. ** Please do not use this option to file a TOT Return **

STR Compliance Application
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Download Forms

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Transient Occupancy Account Update Form .pdf   file_download

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Transient Occupancy Tax Return Form .pdf   file_download

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Long-Term Exemption Form .pdf   file_download

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