Transient Room Tax


Frequently Asked Questions




The city of Canby created a 6% Transient Room Tax on May 16th, effective beginning July 1, 2018. The tax proceeds will be dedicated to promoting and developing tourism in Canby. For an overview of Canby’s many tourism attractions see www.VisitCanby.com.

All Transient lodging providers must collect that tax from their guests and submit a quarterly report and payment to the City of Canby on or before the 15th of April, July, October and January.

How is the tax collected?

Operators of a Transient Lodging Facility will collect the tax and submit payment. A lodging facility is defined as any structure, or any portion of any structure, which is occupied or intended or designed for transient occupancy, for thirty (30) days or less, for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, any hotel, motel, inn, Airbnb, Home Away or similar services, bed and breakfast, space in campgrounds, mobile home or trailer parks, tourist home, condominium, hostel, studio hotel, lodging house, rooming house, apartment house, public or private dormitory, fraternity, sorority, public or private club, or similar structure.

Forms for Canby Lodging Providers:

Instructions for Fillable PDF Forms: FIRST! Save and rename the empty document to your computer, then to begin adding information, click in each field or use your tab key. SAVE when finished. Print and mail form with payment to address above.

  • Registration forms
  • Quarterly Reporting Fillable forms
  • Late fee forms
  • Exempt forms


In the city of Canby, a 6% transient Lodging tax will be collected from lodging providers quarterly. Proceeds will fund a Tourism program that promotes the communities events and attractions and supports the development of new tourism assets and attractions. As we develop our tourism industry, we will attract more tourists who will spend money in our local businesses. Hotel taxes (also referred to as transient lodging taxes) are collected in 91 cities in Oregon as well as in Clackamas County. The state of Oregon, levies a 1.8% hotel tax to fund tourism development and promotion.

Use of funds

70% of the funds generated through the tax must be dedicated directly toward tourism attraction and event promotion and developing and enhancing tourism assets. This includes supporting agritourism, heritage, or recreation development that would attract tourists. The remaining 30% of the funds will support tourism through tourism infrastructure or public works and police involvement at events, etc. The Canby Economic Development Department will manage the tourism program. Please contact Jamie Stickel at StickelJ@canbyoregon.gov or at 503-266-0701 for details.

Who Benefits from the tax?

Canby tourism attractions, events, local restaurants and shops benefit from increased spending by visitors to Canby. This Transient Room tax will be dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing tourism in Canby. Organizations like Travel Oregon  and Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory are funded by state and county hotel taxes. Increased tax revenues will augment their tourism promotion efforts as well.

What is the tax rate?

The City has a 6% tax rate. The State of Oregon has an additional 1.8% tax and Clackamas County has a 6% tax. In total, a lodging guest in Canby will pay a 13.8% lodging tax.

Who must pay the tax?

Anyone staying overnight in any hotel, motel, short-term rental, campsite, or overnight lodging of any kind.

Who is exempt from the tax?

Anyone who stays for a period of 30 consecutive days, is on government business, is charged less than $10 a day, any stays in a medical care facility or long term care facility, or any church or non-profit organization.

When to file?

No later than the 15th day of the month following the calendar year quarter:


Quarter ending: Deadline to file is:
  March 31 April 15
  June 30 July 15
  September 30 October 15
  December 31 January 15

Where do I start?

After obtaining a Canby Business License ($50), make sure to fill out the Hotel tax registration with the State of Oregon , Clackamas County and the City of Canby. Then be sure to fill out quarterly reports and submit payments.

What are the penalties and interest?

  • Original delinquency: Any operator who fails to remit any tax imposed by this chapter shall pay interest at the rate of ten percent (10%) of the amount of tax due in addition to the amount of the tax.
  • Continued delinquency: Any operator who has not been granted an extension of time for remittance of tax due and who failed to pay any delinquent remittance on or before a period of thirty (30) days following the date on which the remittance first became delinquent, shall pay a second delinquency penalty of fifteen percent (15%) of the amount of the tax due, plus the amount of the tax due and the ten percent (10%) penalty first imposed.                                                                                                        

Contact information

Canby Transient Room Tax Payment Expert: Suzan Duffy 503-266-0746 or duffys@canbyoregon.gov
Canby Tourism Program Manager: Jamie Stickel, 503-266-0687 or stickelj@canbyoregon.gov
Canby Finance Director: Julie Blums 503-266-0725 or blumsj@canbyoregon.gov

Last update: June 20, 2018