Lodging Tax

NEW Lodging Tax Guidelines

ATTN: New Forms for City of Huron (42) and City of Sandusky (55) Rentals.

NOTICE: City of Huron Transient Rental/ Hotel Owners

The City of Huron has adopted new legislation regarding rental tax.  Effective May 2020, Huron added a 3% tax to the 4% tax already being collected by Erie County. You can review the details, requirements and legislation here:


If you have any questions specific to Huron please contact: Christine Gibboney zoning@huronohio.us 419-433-5000 x1302

City of Sandusky Transient Rental/ Hotel Owners

The 3% local tax of all rents collected after January 1, 2021 must be reported and paid by February 15 (if reporting monthly) or April 15(if reporting quarterly) using the website:


If you have any questions specific to Sandusky, please contact Michelle Reeder (419)627-5776.



The filing date for your quarterly or monthly lodging tax return is due on the 15th of the following month or quarter.

Regulations have not changed for any Corona Virus issues. Please use our payment portal as before for your filings.

First-quarter (January-March) 2021 is due on April 15, 2021, or if you file monthly, March is due on April 15, 2021.


Lodging Tax Guidelines

How do I Register?

There is NO cost to register with Erie County.

STEP 1: In order to access the website you must first register with our office to receive an account number.

Please print off and complete the registration form below. You can return by mail or scan and email.

Registration form PDF

You will be contacted by email with your account number.

STEP 2: After you receive your account number, please review the user guide.

Erie County-Localgov-Tax-User Guide

STEP 3:  Click here to setup your account.

You will enter your preliminary information and receive an activation email. To complete account setup follow instructions in this email.


How do I Report and Pay? (click the link below)


Please use the website above for all returns and payments as we CANNOT accept any paper returns or payments in our office.

Collection of Local Tax

For your convenience, if your rental is in one of the following locations: Kelleys Island (54), Margaretta Township (33), City of Vermilion (18 Erie) (99 Lorain County), City of Huron (42), City of Sandusky (55) you will also pay your local tax here. It will only be necessary to enter your gross rents, the system will calculate the amount owned.

When do I File?

Filings can be made monthly or quarterly.

The filing due date for your quarterly and/or monthly lodging tax return is the 15th of the following month.


If you file MONTHLY – Rents collected in January are due by February 15th.

If you file QUARTERLY – Rents collected between January – March are due by April 15th.

For additional information please contact our office at (419)627-7743 or (419) 627-7746 or refer to the website.


What are the lodging tax requirements in Erie County?

Please review the lodging tax regulations explained here:

Hotel Lodging Excise Tax Code of Regulations (4% 2019 Regulations)


Please watch for any changes to the lodging tax on the Erie County Auditor’s Website in the News Section.