The lodging tax section administers both the 3% lodging tax that funds the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) and 2% lodging tax that funds the Convention Facilities Authority (CFA). These taxes are paid by the guest and authorized under Ohio Revised Code sections 5739.024(A), 5739.024(G) and 5739.09(A1) and (A4), and by resolutions of the Ashtabula County Commissioners: 91-451, 91-825, 93-1687, 2002-221, 2002-471, 2002-924, 2003-891 and 2013-202. The Lodging Tax office issues certificates of registration and new lodging facilities must obtain a certificate at least 30 days prior to opening for transient-guest lodging.
The guest is responsible for paying the lodging tax and the operator is responsible for collecting it. Failure to collect the tax does not remove the responsibility to report and pay the taxes due.
The lodging administrator also assists the ACCVB, Lodge, and Conference Center and other tourism-support groups with special tourism development projects, including The Ashtabula Wave newsletter, lifelong learning programs, historical and cultural exhibits, the annual Scenic Rivers Pilgrimage and social media.
Lodging tax reporting forms for 2014, by reporting month, are located on this site for convenient download. Forms are in the PDF format. Upon request, we will email reporting forms to you monthly or quarterly, as you wish.
Ashtabula County does not provide for online payment of lodging tax at this time. Payment must be made by check made payable to:
Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners
25 West Jefferson St.
Jefferson OH 44047
Are you planning to open a new lodging business in Ashtabula County? You need to apply for a certificate of registration from the county. Access the online form here.