In accordance with 22 Del. C. 811, on June 13, 2018, the Town of Georgetown adopted Resolution 2018-004, which respectfully requested the Delaware General Assembly to amend the municipal Charter of the Town of Georgetown to implement an accommodation tax for hotel, motel, and tourist homes. The Lodging Tax provides a more equitable means to recover the cost of services from tourism and not pass along these costs to local residents.
On June 13, 2019, the Delaware General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 64, which authorized the Town of Georgetown to adopt a 3% tax on public accommodations. On June 19, 2019, Governor Carney signed the bill into law and on July 10, 2019, Town Council enacted Ordinance 2019-04 which created the local lodging tax of 3%. The tax is effective for reservations or contracts paid in full on or after August 1, 2019.
The Town of Georgetown’s Lodging Tax “piggybacks” on the State of Delaware’s Public Accommodations Tax. As such, Georgetown’s Lodging Tax incorporates the State Public Accommodations Tax’s definitions and exemptions.
The Lodging Tax Payment Voucher must be completed monthly and mailed to the address on the form.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Finance Department at (302) 856-7391.