Real Property Transfer Tax (Documentary Transfer Tax)

Description and rate

This is a tax on each sale or transfer of real property within the City of Santa Monica.  The Santa Monica rate is $3.00 per $1,000 of property sale.

Payment information

Los Angeles County collects the City's portion and its own portion (Los Angeles County rate is $1.10 per $1,000).  


This Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office notice provides information about tax exemptions. 


Real Property Transfer Tax Municipal Code

For more questions, contact the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder's Office.  

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