Short-term rental owner
Galveston City Council approved Ordinance 15-012 which authorized the Park Board of Trustees to register all Short Term Rentals (STRs) and collect Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) on a monthly or quarterly basis.
New rental properties or properties going from a management company to independent management must pay a $50 registration fee.
To register a short term rental property, click here:
Online Reporting & Paying Service
In an effort to make things more convenient for HOT clients, the Park Board provides an online system for reporting and paying taxes on a monthly or quarterly basis. Logon credentials can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling (409) 797-5132.
Check for Registered Properties
Reports are due by the 20th of the month following the reporting period. Properties which do not generate more than $500 per month in taxes or $1,500 per quarter in taxes can report on a quarterly basis. Those due dates are April 20th, July 20th, October 20th and January 20th.
A report must be filed on time even if there is no revenue. Failure to do so will result in a $25 fine.
In May 2021, the Galveston City Council approved Ordinance 21-021, which requires short-term rental operators to display the registration number provided to them by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees upon registration at their rentals nad in any advertising of the rental.
The ordinance also requires listing agents that remit state hotel tax — Airbnb and Vrbo — to also remit city hotel tax.