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Apply for a Permit

Apply for a permit in person at the City of Carlsbad Finance Department at 1635 Faraday Ave. in Carlsbad or on the city website. A permit can usually be issued within three weeks of receiving the application. Upon approval by the City of Carlsbad, you will receive a permit, a transient occupancy registration certificate and “Good Neighbor Guidelines” for posting on the inside of the door of the rental property.


There is no cost to obtain or renew a permit, however a business licenseimpact response plan, and declaration of notification is required for each short-term vacation rental.

Transient Occupancy Tax

Short-term vacation rentals are subject to a 10 percent transient occupancy tax as well as a $1 per room per night Carlsbad Tourism Business Improvement District assessment. The property owner or owner’s agent shall be responsible for the collection and remittance of transient occupancy taxes and the CTBID assessment. Monthly TOT payments are due and payable on or before the last day of the month immediately following the month for which the payment is due. Forms and additional information on the TOT can be found here.

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