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.

Economic Development Corporations


County Partnerships

Hotel Occupancy Tax

Short Term Lodging Tax in Bastrop County


Hotel Occupancy Tax, commonly known as HOT, are collected by the short term rental (STR) property from guests who are 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, cabin, cottage, guest house, a room in your house, and RVs.

Not all counties have a Hotel Occupancy Tax, but Bastrop County is one of the counties which does. 


Tax Rate

The rate of the tax is based on the property location within the County.


If the lodging property is outside a city limit and their extraterritorial jurisdiction (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%


Hotels and motels are to pay monthly, while smaller venues may pay quarterly.


If you PAY ONLINE or have ZERO OVERNIGHT STAYS, you are still required to send in your Report form. 


For the Bastrop County" Report of Hotel Occupancy Tax form and instructions, and online payment portal, Click HERE for the Treasurer's page.


Report  of Hotel Occupancy Tax forms (as a pdf scan and not a photo) may be emailed it to HOT@co.bastrop.tx.us


If you have questions about your short term rental tax obligations, your tax rate, or how to comply with Bastrop County's Hotel Occupancy Tax, contact Fran Hunter 512-581-4074 or email.


More Information


Lodging Partnerships

We also work with our lodging partners in promoting our county and providing an inviting atmosphere for visitors. We provide helpful tourism information for your guests, and provide resources and contacts to help you be more successful in your endeavor. To learn more about our free resources and lodging partnership, contact Fran Hunter at 512-581-4074 or email.

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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Filming in Bastrop County

Our communities, our businesses and our people welcome film projects in our varied terrain, river and lakes, parks 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 should be registered at no cost with the Texas Film Commission. Register your project.


Contact us. We're glad to assist!