Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) returns for Hotels, Motels and 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 “File and Pay Monthly TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax)” found below under the TOT Remittance box. This will allow you to begin the monthly filing process.”

For the privilege of occupancy in any “hotel”, each transient shall be subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the rent charged by the operator.

Please be aware that all late filings are subject to Penalties and Interest (P&I) as described in Code Section 3.52.150. It is in the best interest of all Short-Term Renters to file on time to avoid P&I charges. The initial penalty is ten percent (10%) of the amount due; further delinquency is subject to an additional penalty of fifteen percent (15%). The maximum penalty is 50%. The interest rate is one percent (1.00%) per month or fraction thereof.

Long-Term Occupancy exemptions begin on the 31st day of occupancy. All guests in hotels and short-term rentals must be charged TOT for the first 30 days, per Chapter 3.52 of the City Municipal Code, regardless of a Long-Term Occupancy agreement.

If you need further assistance or help with filing your TOT return, you are welcome to contact us at or by phone at (530) 767-1017. 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 Chico.

TOT Remittance
TOT Payment
  • Pay a Balance Due

    Start here to pay a balance due on an established account with the City of Chico. Please do not use this option to file for your monthly TOT return.

STR Compliance Application
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