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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 VII of the SPI Code of Ordinances

STEPS for city compliance with HOT & short term rentals:

To register a property for short term rental (STR), complete each step in the order listed below.

  1. Apply for Avenu Insight taxpayer account to pay City/County HOT (11%)
    (Please note MuniServices has changed its name to Avenu Insight.)
  2. Apply for a Texas Taxpayer ID to pay State HOT (6%)*(Please note MuniServices has changed its name to Avenu Insight.)
  3. Apply for a STR permit with the City**
  4. LIST the permit number in all advertisements of the property
  5. File HOT monthly with Avenu Insight and the Texas State Comptroller

*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 RENEW a STR Permit click here or visit:

To BROWSE all registered STR properties click here or visit:

Need more information? Please see "Related Links" below for downloadable steps to register, sample vacation rental agreement, FAQs and more.


Regarding the tax rate breakdown?

The City of South Padre Island's Hotel Occupancy Tax rate is 10.5 percent, comprised of a 8.5 percent general occupancy tax and a 2 percent venue tax. There is also a Cameron County venue tax of 2 percent. Both the City of SPI and Cameron County have partnered with Avenu Insight (previously MuniServices) for the collection of its Hotel Occupancy Taxes.

The City of SPI and Cameron County tax is in addition to the 6 percent rate imposed by the State of Texas, which must be remitted separately to the State Comptroller. For more information regarding State Hotel Occupancy Tax, please visit the State Comptroller website or call 1-800-252-1385. 

The Hotel Occupancy Tax rate is broken down as follows:

City HOT 8.5%

City Venue Tax 2%

County Venue Tax 0.5%

Local HOT Total  11%

State HOT Total 6%

Total HOT 17%

Regarding remittance and filing procedures?

Please contact Avenu Insight (previously MuniServices) directly at 1-866-240-3665, and/or the Texas State Comptroller at 1-800-252-1385.

Regarding how to apply for a short-term rental permit?

Please contact the City by e-mail at or by phone at 956-761-8382.

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