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Hotel Occupancy Tax

Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is collected for short-term rental stays of less than 30 consecutive days which includes Hotel/Motel stays, and residential rental units, i.e., house, condo, apartment and bedroom stays.

Chapter 11, Article XII of the SPI Code of Ordinances

Steps to Register for a short-term rental (STR) permit

To register your property correctly, complete each step in the order they are listed.

  • Apply for an account with MuniServices to pay the City/County portion of Hotel Tax (11%)*
  • Apply for a Texas Taxpayer ID to pay the State portion of Hotel Tax (6%)*
  • Register for a (STR) permit with the City**
  • LIST the permit number in all advertisements of the registered property
  • File Hotel Occupancy Tax monthly with MuniServices and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

*First two bullets should be completed the same day if you do not already have accounts established with these entities.

**A MuniServices account number and Cameron County Appraisal District Property identification (CCAD PID) are required.

To browse all STR registrations, click here

Please see "Related Links" below for downloadable steps to register, sample short-term vacation rental agreement, FAQs and more.

On January 1, 2017, the Hotel Occupancy Tax rate increased to 17%. The new rate is broken down as follows:

City HOT 8.5%

City Venue Tax 2%

County Venue Tax 0.5%

State HOT 6%

Total HOT 17%

For questions regarding remittance and filing procedures, please contact MuniServices directly at 1-866-240-3665, and/or the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at 1-800-252-1385.

For questions regarding the STR registration process, please e-mail: or dial: 956-761-8382.

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    South Padre Island, TX, Jan. 23, 2018: The City of South Padre Island invites the community to meet with SPI Police and Finance Departments to discuss short-term rentals in preparation for a busy Spring Break season. The meeting is scheduled for Thu...
  • SPI implements update to short-term rental registration areas
    South​ ​Padre​ ​Island,​ ​TX,​ ​September​ ​25,​ ​2017:​ ​To provide the community with a more user friendly interface, the City has implemented updates to the Hotel...
  • SPI provides database of registered short-term rental properties
    In effort to ensure compliance with all local ordinances, the City of South Padre Island provides a database of registered short-term rental properties. This database is available to the public on the City website.