Utility Users Tax


The City levies a 10% tax on gas, electricity, water/wastewater, video (CATV and IP-TV) and telecommunications services.  The tax on prepaid wireless services is 9%.  

Senior Citizens Exemption Program

There is an exemption for low-income seniors over the age of 62 and low-income individuals with disabilities.  Contact WISE & Healthy Aging to apply.

  • WISE & Healthy Aging, 1527 Fourth St, 2nd Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Ph:  310-394-9871      
  • Email:  info@wiseandhealthyaging.org 

Payment options

You can pay by mail or electronic transfer.


  • Check payable to:  City of Santa Monica
  • Attention:  Treasury, PO Box 2200, Santa Monica, CA 90407
  • Download Remittance Form

Electronic funds transfer (EFT):  Please contact the Treasury Section.  

The amount of tax collected in one month shall be remitted on or before the 20th day of the following month.

Delinquent payments

Payments are delinquent if not paid on or before the 20th day of the following month.  The City will assess a 15% penalty on delinquent payments.

Businesses can address unpaid or incorrect payments without incurring the penalty if they provide the information voluntarily and before the City or any other California municipality has raised the issue or initiated an inquiry.  This provision is described in the municipal code (6.72.090).


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