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Tourism & Economic Development
211 Jackson Street | Bastrop, Texas 78602 | Phone: (512) 581-4011 | Fax: (512) 581-7178

Adena Lewis, Director
Voice: (512) 581-4011

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Bastrop County offers a business-friendly culture, great infrastructure, a community college, a talented workforce and dedicated partners – all in a beautiful setting.
Our friendly nature makes Bastrop County ideal for tourists and the businesses that serve them.
Our Texas Film Friendly hospitality, three historic downtowns, diverse landscapes and waterways, and proximity to major metropolitan areas and the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, also make this a great place for film productions.
The county offers a wide variety of lodging facilities, hometown hospitality, beautiful recreation areas including Bastrop and Buescher State Parks, McKinney Roughs Nature Park, the Colorado River, and Lake Bastrop, and incredible entertainment venues.
County Partnerships

Hotel Occupancy Tax

Short Term Lodging Tax in Bastrop County


Hotel Occupancy Tax, commonly known as HOT, are paid by guests renting a bed/space for less than 30 days consecutively. The tax is paid on the room rate including other fees such as cleaning fees, etc. The State of Texas determines the items that are taxable and the remittance schedule. The lodging property collects these taxes from their guests and remits them accordingly.

Short-term rental properties, named as “hotels” for tax purposes, include but are not limited to hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, vacation rental lodging such as AirBnBs, inn, rooming house, manufactured home, residency inn, condominium, cabins, cottages, a room in your house, and RVs.


Tax Rate

If the lodging property is outside a city limit and their ETJ:

  • To the State of Texas     6%
  • To Bastrop County         7%

If the lodging property is inside a city limits or their ETJ:

  • To the State of Texas     6%
  • To Bastrop County    0.75%
  • To the City                     7%


For the Bastrop County tax form and instructions, Click HERE for the Treasurer's page


If you PAY ONLINE or have ZERO OVERNIGHT STAYS, you are still required to MAIL IN YOUR TAX FORM to:

Bastrop County Treasurer                                            PO Box 676                                                                  Bastrop, TX 78602


We work with our lodging partners in promoting our county and providing an inviting atmosphere for visitors. To learn more about our partnership, contact Fran Hunter at 512-581-4074 or email.


Economic Development Corporations


Filming in Bastrop County

Our communities, our businesses and our people welcome film projects in our varied terrain and historic towns.


Bastrop County is the "Film Hospitality Capital of Texas," and all of our communities are certified as a Film Friendly Community by the Texas Film Commission.


FOR FILMING IN BASTROP COUNTY, on county property such as the historic County Courthouse or any location outside of the three towns, please return the required paperwork below to : adena.lewis@co.bastrop.tx.us

Return to Bastrop County Sheriff's Office:


FOR FILMING INSIDE CITY LIMITS of our three incorporated towns, please click on the links below for more information.


All projects also need to be registered with the Texas Film Commission.

We're glad to assist!

We work to attract tourists by promoting our county's many attractions, lodging, restaurants, and retail properties in the area and in our towns.
We invite you to explore Bastrop County and "Enjoy our friendly Nature!"

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