Lodging Tax


The City is considering a potential 2022 ballot question that would ask voters to approve a lodging tax. Engaging with residents and businesses on this topic is important to Council’s decision-making process. Residents and businesses are encouraged to share their feedback prior to Council making a final decision on adding the ballot question to the November 8, 2022 election.

As presently drafted, a lodging tax would be levied on any short-term rental (less than 30 days) of a room, residence, accommodation or space in any hotel, inn, bed and breakfast, or any other place providing similar types of service in the City. This would include room and home rentals like Airbnb and VRBO, as well as “typical” hotels and lodging providers in the City. 

Please click here(PDF, 49KB) to review the current draft of the ballot language. The language and format is written to comply with the requirements of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, as it relates to ballot questions.

The City currently collects a 2.5% sales tax on Lodging Services (Centennial Municipal Code Section 4-1-30), with funds being collected in the General Fund.  If passed, a lodging tax would add an additional percentage - currently drafted at 5.0%, subject to change - on these same services beginning on January 1, 2023. If referred to the ballot and approved by voters, the total tax rate for lodging services would be the combination of the sales tax plus the lodging tax. Funds are anticipated to be used to support projects and services addressing visitor impacts in the area of public safety.

Engage Today

City Council desires to receive feedback from residents and businesses related to this potential ballot question.

If you're a Centennial Resident: 

Resident Survey

If you're a Centennial Business:

Business Survey

Download the Lodging Tax FAQs(PDF, 102KB) (Frequently Asked Questions)

Next Steps / Timeline

Next steps include:

  • August 15 – scheduled Council discussion regarding potential next steps
  • September 6 – scheduled Council determination on whether to refer a lodging tax question to the ballot
  • November 8 – Election Day 

Past Council Discussions

Past Council discussions include: