Tourism Management personnel are responsible for developing, coordinating, and promoting efforts to mitigate community impacts resulting from the City's tourism economy.The Tourism Management Department is made up of three distinct divisions:Code ComplianceThe Code Compliance Division is responsible for the enforcement of certain health and safety regulations as well as the ongoing maintenance and consistent use of private property throughout the City through the education and enforcement of City property maintenance codes, inoperative vehicle abatement codes, and a variety of zoning codes which cover land use, signs, and development standards. Code Compliance also assists Animal Control, Fire, Police, Building, and various other City departments in the interpretation and enforcement of various municipal codes. Visit the Code Compliance page for additional information.Vacation Rental ProgramThe Vacation Rental Program is managed by the Tourism Management Department personnel. Staff members oversee the entire registration process including the inspection and renewal processes and ensure that all properties are in compliance with City ordinances and expectations. Visit the Vacation Rental Program page for additional information. Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and TBID Registration and Remittance
TOT and Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) assessments are remitted on a quarterly basis. TOT is a tax levied on visitors renting overnight accommodations on a short-term basis (less than 30 days). Out of the 8% levied from overnight accommodations, 6% is deposited into the City's General Fund to provide for police, public works, general administration, and community development, and 2% is deposited into the City's Capital Improvement Fund to be used for infrastructure and community enhancements. TBID assessments are collected by the City on behalf of Visit Big Bear. These pass through assessments are a funding mechanism used to provide a specific benefit (e.g. marketing) to assessed businesses. There are two types of businesses from which TBID assessments are collected: Short-term overnight accommodations are assessed at a rate of 3% of gross receipts and a 2% assessment is levied on all lift tickets and annual pass sales at Bear Mountain Resorts. Visit the TOT/TBID page for additional information.