Lodging tax is due on any hotel/motel room or short-term condo, house, and duplex rental as well as tourist camp/cabin in the city’s corporate limits as well as the police jurisdiction. The business acts as an agent for the city by collecting and remitting lodging tax from its Gulf Shores customers.
For short-term rentals: Please be aware that if a management company is obtained, you need to be sure that they are collecting and remitting tax on your behalf. If you leave a management company’s rental program, then you become responsible for collecting and remitting lodging taxes back to State, County, and City.
All taxes are due on or postmarked by the 20th for the month prior. A tax return is required to be filed even if there were no taxes collected or receipts earned.
A failure to timely file and pay a penalty plus interest will be assessed on any tax not filed and/or paid by the 20th of the month in which the tax is due.
Lodging Tax Rate
Lodging Tax total is 16% Corporate Limits, 11% Police Jurisdiction
4% - State of Alabama
2% - Baldwin County
10% - City - Corporate Limits/5% - City - Police Jurisdiction