Budget and Finance

Slide Willets on Monterey State Beach

Hotel Tax

Lauren Lai, CPA
Finance Director

Carol Bouchard, CGFM
Assistant Finance Director

Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

(831) 646-3940

Accounts Payable
(831) 646-3943

(831) 646-3942

Revenue – Accounts Receivable, Pet Licenses, Business Licenses
(831) 646-3944

Finance Department
735 Pacific Street, Suite A
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: (831) 655-0562

Successor Agency

Welcome to your online guide to the Finance Department. We are responsible for managing and executing all of the financial management functions for the City. Information includes the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), City fees and charges, budget data for the current year and prior years, and City ordinances pertaining to the Business License Tax, Visitor Accommodation Facilities Tax, including Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), and Utility Users Tax.

We provide an online version of the Transient Occupancy Tax Return form for those hotel/motel operators who are required to collect and remit transient occupancy taxes to the City.

If you are starting a business in Monterey, the business license application form can be downloaded from this site. A business license tax calculator also is provided to compute the business license tax for you. The specific programs are briefly described below.

Finance and Budget News

10 May 2017
05/10/2017: New Online Business License Application -  Streamlines process for business owners

05/10/2017: New Online Business License Application - Streamlines process for business owners

Business owners can now apply for their business license using the City of Monterey’s  new Online Business License Application. This option will help streamline the process of applying and submitting applications to the Revenue Office . The online application is  convenient, the process is easy, and available any time.

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A new biennial (two-year) budget was passed by the City Council on June 18, 2019.
See details on the Budget page or the Let's Do It page.