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Parking Tax
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Who Is Required to Pay?
Every person occupying a parking space in a parking station within the City of Oakland is required to pay the tax to the operator at the time the rent for occupancy is paid. The rate is 18.5% of the rent charged.


Who Is Responsible for Paying & Remitting?
Parking lot operators and managing agents are equally responsible for collecting & remitting the Parking Tax to the Tax Administrator. The amount of tax shall be reported separately from the amount of rent charged.It is unlawful for any parking lot operator to advertise or hold out or state in any manner (directly or indirectly) that the tax or any part thereof will be assumed or absorbed by the operator, or that it will not be added to the rental of parking space, or that, if added, any part will be refunded.


When Do I Register?
The parking lot operator or managing agent must register within thirty (30) days after ownership change, and/or before commencing business. Please contact the phone number listed at the bottom of this for the necessary forms.


How Do I Report the Tax?
Operators will be provided with a Parking Tax form upon account set up, and as requested. Operators are required to file monthly Parking Tax returns, together with payment, on or before the twentieth (20th) day of each calendar month for taxes collected during the previous month.


What are your office hours?
The Parking Tax Office is open from Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


What If I Pay Late?
Payments received or postmarked after the twentieth (20th) day of the month for taxes collected during the previous month will be subject to a penalty of twenty-five percent (25%) of the tax. In addition, the operator is subject to pay the interest at the rate of one percent (1%) per month or fraction thereof on the amount of tax, including penalties, from the date on which the remittance first became delinquent until paid. Any payment received without a valid Monthly Parking Tax Return or any Monthly Parking Tax Return received without a valid payment is considered delinquent and subject to Penalty and Interest as detailed above. 


Who Is Exempt from Paying PT?
Only City owned or operated parking meters are exempt from paying Parking Tax.


What Happens If I Fail to Comply?

For more information, please contact:

City of Oakland
Revenue Division
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite #5342
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel. (510) 238-7412
Fax. (510) 238-6431

Office Hours: Mon – Fri (8:30am – 4:00pm)


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