Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Short-Term Rental?
A Short-Term Rental, also known as a vacation rental, is a rental of legally-permitted dwelling unit for periods of less than 30 consecutive days. The rental can be for the entire home, accessory dwellings such as casitas, or limited to one or more rooms. A Business License and a Short-Term Rental Permit are required prior to advertising and renting your property.
Who needs to apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit?
Any owner, or agent, renting a residential property for a period of thirty (30) days or less is required to apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit. Failure to register will be the sole responsibility of the property owner.
What if I do not obtain a Short-Term Rental Permit?
Failure to meet the requirements of the Short-Term Rental Program, per section 3.25 of the La Quinta municipal code, may result in enforcement actions. These actions may include a notice of violation, citations or any legal remedy necessary.
What is the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)?
This is a 10% rental tax on the rental of rooms. You will commonly see this tax on hotel rooms as well. The transient occupancy tax is also commonly referred to as a bed tax, sales tax, tourist tax, hotel tax, or lodging tax. These tax rates can vary by city and state. These fees are typically not included in the rental price, cleaning price, or cost for extra guests.
When is the Transient Occupancy Tax due?
Transient Occupancy Tax payments are due no later than 30 days after the end of a reporting month. Transient Occupancy Taxes are to be paid or reported on a monthly basis, if there was no rental activity you are still required to submit the completed Transient Occupancy Tax form.
How is penalty and interest calculated on late payments?
The penalty and interest for late payments are 10.5% of the gross rents received in the applicable reporting period, in addition to the Transient Occupancy Tax.
Do I also need to obtain a business license?
Yes. You will be issued a City of La Quinta Business License Certificate.
What is the cost of a business license?
There is an annual fee that is based on yearly gross receipts.
How much does a Short-Term Rental registration cost?
Annual cost is $205 per property.
Does my short-term vacation rental permit apply to multiple properties?
No. You must obtain a separate permit for each property.
Do I have to display my permit, STVR rules and the good neighbor brochure; and if so, when?
Yes. The permit, the rules for vacation rentals and the good neighbor brochure must be posted in a conspicuous place within the short-term vacation rental unit at all times.
Is the City still working with Airbnb?
No. We have terminated our contract with Airbnb. They do not collect or remit TOT to the City of La Quinta on behalf of property owners and/or authorized agents.
What happens if I am found in violation and what are the penalties for rentals not in compliance with section 3.25 of the La Quinta municipal code?
You will receive fines, and/or the potential for modifications, suspension or revocation of business license, and/or Short-Term Rental Permit.
How many people can stay in my rental?
It depends on variables such as number of bedrooms and time of day. Please see the Good Neighbor Brochure for specific details OR the La Quinta municipal code section 3.25.070.
Can I pay by credit card?
We are able to take Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. There is no credit card convenience fee at this time.
How do I amend a return?
Please e-mail letting us know you need to file an amended return. In the email please include:

1) What city the amendment is for along with your six digit license / account number, and owner name

2) Period you need to amend (i.e. Jan. 2019 form due Feb. 20th)

3) If you overpaid or underpaid your original form

4) Brief explanation as to why the form needs to be amended

Once we receive this email we will review your account and send you further instructions.

What types of assistance can MUNIRevs provide to me?
MUNIRevs can assist you with all your system and account questions. Whether you have a question about your account or technical questions about how to do something in MUNIRevs, please reach out to our support team. We can always reach out to the City on your behalf if we need their assistance with one of your questions. You can reach MUNIRevs at and by phone at (888) 751-1911.
Where are my tax forms? My Action Center is empty. 
Your tax forms will be available on the 1st day of the month following the last day of the tax period. For example, for monthly filers, the January 2019 tax forms will be available in your Action Center on February 1, 2019. If you do not see the forms you expected, simply contact MUNIRevs support for assistance.
Can I manage multiple properties with one login?
Yes - to do so, click Add accounts from your user login under Manage Your Account(s). You will need your 6 digit Account Number and the LODGINGRevs Activation Code to connect to an existing property record.
Can a property have more than one user?
Yes, each property can have an unlimited number of users. Each user is required to provide the 6 digit Account Number and the LODGINGRevs Activation code to be authorized to connect to an existing property record. 
I did not receive or I misplaced the letter with my activation code. What do I do?
Contact MUNIRevs or by phone at (888) 751-1911 for assistance. You will need to confirm account details to be verified for the account. To protect the security on property accounts, you will need written (e-mail) permission from a registered owner or officer of the property for us to provide you with a new activation code. 
Can I file a Zero File tax return through MUNIRevs?
To file a zero file tax form, select your tax form from your Action Center. Then, complete the required information on the remittance, including Gross Sales and any deductions. You will be prompted to confirm your desire to complete the return as a Zero File return.
What payment types are accepted by the City through MUNIRevs?
The City accepts ACH Debit, or e-check as well as the following major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard and Discover. 
Can I schedule a payment in MUNIRevs?
For your security, MUNIRevs does not store any payment information in the system. You will need to enter your desired payment information each time you check out. 
How do I change the User on a Property?
All users need to register, just as you did, by going to the home page for that jurisdiction (i.e. They will click on the "Go" button under "New Users". They will also need the 6 digit account number and Activation Code for the property.
I forgot my password. What do I do? 
From the Log In page, click the “Forgot your password” link and follow the instructions that will be e-mailed to the User’s registered e-mail address.
Do I have to login to MUNIRevs to see my alerts and reminders?
No. All alerts are e-mailed to your authenticated e-mail address. When you login to the system, you will also see any open alerts that need to be addressed in your Action Center. 

For Assistance, Contact 
MUNIRevs Support
(888) 751-1911

When contacting support, be sure to include the jurisdiction (La Quinta) and your account number in all emails or voicemails. This will help us assist you as promptly as possible. Thanks!