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Transient Occupancy Tax

The Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel, Motel, Campground or Bed Tax) is authorized under State Revenue and Taxation Code Section 7280, as an additional source of non-property tax revenue to local government. This tax is levied in the City of Petaluma at a rate of 10% for accommodations at lodging and camping facilities within city limits. TOT funds are discretionary, in that the City Council may direct use of these funds for any legitimate city expense. The tax code does not require any specific use of the Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) Funds.

The City Council has historically elected the funds raised from this tax be used, in part, to finance advertising and promotional activities in the City of Petaluma.


In November 2004, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of a Tourism Business Improvement Area (BIA) in various cities and in the unincorporated areas of the county.

To date, seven cities have approved consent resolutions and joined the BIA. The Treasurer-Tax Collector collects the BIA assessment from qualifying entities in the unincorporated areas of the County and also remittances from the member cities. These funds are designated specifically to market overnight stays in the Business Improvement Area. For further information on the BIA, ordinances and forms, please visit:





Contact Information

Finance Director,
Corey Garberolio
11 English St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4352
fax: 707.931.0667
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Monday - Thursday
Closed Fridays