Short Term Rentals
New Ordinance and Registration Requirements
The City of Galveston recently passed Ordinance 21-021 which requires short term rental platforms who collect and remit the state hotel occupancy tax to also collect and remit the Galveston hotel occupancy tax. It also requires all STR platforms and STR owners to display their registration number in the listings on the platforms.
To comply with the ordinance, the property owners must provide their unique registration number to the platform, and the platform must display the number for each property listed on the platform.
For STR owners who have already registered, the Park Board has created the registration numbers for each registered property. These numbers can be found in your online account. Log into your online account, click on “my properties” and the GVR number will be listed with each property.
If you do not recall how to access your online account, please contact email@example.com.
If you have not registered your STR property, registration is quick and easy. Click the link below and follow the prompts.
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.
The Hotel Occupancy Tax rate for Galveston is 9% which should be charged on gross revenues which include the nightly rental rate, cleaning fee, pet fee, smoking fee, rental damages, etc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (409) 797-5132.
Already registered? Click here: https://parkboard.destinationnext.com/HOT/
Check for Registered Properties
If you think a property is being operated as a short term rental and you want to verify they are registered with the Park Board, please
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.
Failure to comply with the STR registration or HOT payment requirements as outlined in Ordinance 15-012 is a Class C misdemeanor offense and is punishable upon conviction by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) per offense. Each day shall constitute a separate offense.
Late payment penalties and interest will be assessed on all payments received after the due date.
Delinquent and non-registered properties are subject to legal action.