Finance & Risk Management

The Finance Department is responsible for the overall financial management of the City. This Department supplies support services to all other City departments, including accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cashiering, purchasing, budgeting, and data processing. The City Treasurer and is responsible for the investment of approximately $35,000,000 of City funds. 

The Finance Department also serves as the City’s Risk Manager. If you have any questions about risk management claims or our other services, call (858) 720-2460 or send an email to Finance@cosb.org.

To file a claim with the City, the City's Claim Form must be completed in its entirety and filed with the City Clerk's Office. 

Business Certificates

The Planning Department, Code Compliance and the Fire Prevention Division manage the policies, regulations and enforcement of Business Certificate requirements.  The Finance Department issues annual Business Certificate renewal forms, collects fees, and takes in new Business Certificate applications to forward onto the regulatory departments for zoning, fire and code compliance review.

All businesses with a home address, business address or conducting business in Solana Beach are required to obtain a business certificate issued by the City of Solana Beach. You can complete a business certificate application form online; however, all applications must be delivered to the City, as applications are not accepted via the Internet. Business Certificate Application

Please complete and return with application fee to: City of Solana Beach, 635 S. HWY 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075. For more information, please contact our Finance Dept. at (858) 720-2460.

Some types of business require additional regulatory permits and licenses to operate in Solana Beach. Visit our Code Compliance page for details.

For more information related to business certificates, please click here.

Short Term Vacation Rental (STVR) & Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Information

Short Term Vacation Rentals

The City has special regulations and a permit process for the rental of residential property for 7 to 30 consecutive days, regardless of building size, including multiple-family buildings, duplexes, and single-family residences. Short-term vacation rental (STVR) regulations, permit applications, and notices (signs) to post on and in your short-term vacation rental are available below.

STVR Permit Application Form
STVR Regulations 3-12-20
STVR Disclosures


Transient Occupancy Tax

The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is a percentage of the rent charged to transient guests in hotels/motels, including properties rented through home sharing services like Airbnb.

To submit a City TOT Return Form, complete the form and submit it to the Finance Department with a check for the correct amount. Monthly payments shall be due and payable on or before the last date of the month immediately following the month for which the payment is due. Accepted payment delivery methods are either mail that is post-marked by the due date or delivery to City Hall during business hours. 

TOT Return Form

Claim for Exemption from TOT Form

If you have payment questions, please contact the Finance Department at (858) 720-2460, or send them an email.

If you have a questions about the policy or regulations surrounding STVRs and TOTs, please contact Code Compliance.

Fees
Financial Reports

Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) by Fiscal Year.

 
Budgets
Solana Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Basic Financial Statements (and Supplementary Schedules)
Successor Agency Documents
Oversight Board Documents

Finance Director/Treasurer

Picture of Finance Director

Ryan Smith
(858) 720-2460
rsmith@cosb.org