About Washington County’s Hotel Industry
In Washington County Oregon, hotels, motels and other lodging properties are integral to the region’s economy. In addition to providing employment to locals, the taxes they collect also benefits our communities.
Transient lodging taxes (TLT) are collected from any person occupying a hotel, motel, dwelling unit used for temporary overnight occupancy (such as Airbnb), or recreational vehicle (RV) spaces.
These taxes, a 9% county tax on the cost to rent accommodation in Washington County, are distributed back to the communities within the county. The distribution of the 9% tax collected is as follows:
- 2.5%: General Fund of Washington County
- 1%: Washington County Fair Grounds
- 2.5%: returned to cities with paid lodging
- 2.1/3 %: Washington County Visitors Association for tourism promotion
- 2/3%: Washington County Event Center project, Wingspan Event and Conference Center
In addition to the county TLT, several cities in Washington County also levy a tax on visitors who stay in lodging properties:
- Beaverton: 4.0%
- Forest Grove: 2.5%
- Hillsboro: 3.0%
- Sherwood: 3.0%
- Tigard: 2.5%
- Tualatin: 2.5%