Transient occupancy tax

The City imposes a tax in the amount of 12% of the amount of rent paid for occupying transient lodging (hotel, Airbnb, etc.). This tax is required to be collected from guests by every person providing transient lodging in the city of Menlo Park, unless that rent qualifies for exclusion or exemption. The complete details of the tax are contained in Chapter 3.16 of the municipal code.

All hotels and short-term rental operators must register for an account.

All operators of hotels, as defined in the code, are required to pay the tax to the City each quarter and to file a transient occupancy tax return with the payment.