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In the news:

Press Release 3-23-17

Advocate Article 3-24-17 "Commission Targets Tax Dodgers"

Room Tax Dollars Fuel the Marketing of Door County

Leave Room Tax Alone

Video Streaming Becoming a Big Factor in Marketing for Tourism

Commission Cracks Down on Room Tax Cheats (Peninsula Pulse 1.27.17)

Tourism Zone goes after unpaid room tax 1.24.17

Press Release 1.19.17

Room Tax provides marketing money for tourism 4.12.16

The Door County Tourism Zone Commission website offers the opportunity to review room tax reportingDoor County Visitor Bureau Reporting, file your room tax online, read our current newsletter and learn more about why room tax is essential to the Destination Marketing Program for Door County.  Please review our Room Tax Primer to learn more about how all lodging properties and the Door County  community benefit from room tax.

Interested in renting your property and need more information? You can obtain the permit application to permit your property and utilize our getting started checklist for those who are just getting started with short term rentals.  Our  Guide to Commencing Short Term Rentals in Door CountyFrequently Asked Questions and Frequently Asked Questions for Airbnb hosts publications, Good Neighbor Best Practices (modifiable download) have all the need to know information for permit holders.  For additional requirements please click here.

For assitance with reporting room tax you can refer to our Guide to Monthly Room Tax Reporting and How to File Online.

You can also keep up to date with the Administrator's Report  to hear about permitting, reporting complaince and current news.  If you can't attend our meetings, all of the Tourism Zone meeting minutes are posted online.  Review Tourism Zone bulletins here.

Are you up to date with the VRBO/Homeaway changes?

Please take a moment and read our email that was sent on May 21, 2019 with information to help you navigate the VRBO/Homeaway changes that took effect June 1, 2019. 


  • VRBO/Homeaway is collecting and remitting WI State Sales tax on your behalf for reservations made after June 1, 2019.
  • VRBO/Homeaway is NOT collecting and remitting Door County local room tax. It is still the property owners responsibility to collect and remit local Door County room tax to the Door County Tourism Zone Commission.
  • Need help? Please feel free to call or stop in the Tourism Zone office for assistance.  We are here to help!
  • You can also contact the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for more information about their agreement with VRBO/Homeaway: (608) 266-2776

The Power of Tourism in Door County



Door County visitors spent $366.6 million in 2018, an increase of $8.1 million dollars (2.26%) over the $358.5 million dollars spent by visitors in 2017 according to a report released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism in May, 2019. Tourism in Door County also supported 3,237 jobs and brought in $38.8 million in state and local tax revenue in 2018. View an economic impact press release here.


Latest from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue regarding Lodging Marketplaces.




TOURISM WORKS FOR US: The history of room tax in Door County

Why and When…In May of 2007 the Door County Tourism Zone Commission was established out of the hard work from a group of concerned citizens.  Studies showed that Door County was losing its market share to other locations in the state; the only way for Door County to remain a sought after destination was to generate money for a broader marketing campaign.  The Door County economy has benefited from those efforts with improved national and regional exposure as a result of the establishment of room tax in Door County.

TOURISM WORKS FOR US: What is room tax and who has to pay it?

For the privilege of occupancy in any lodging facilities, each transient is subject to and pays a tax in the amount of 5.5% of the rent charged by each lodging provider.  Lodging facilities come in many forms and must be permitted for transient rental.  Common examples include: Hotels, motels, B&B’S, cabins, cottages, lodges, homes, condos or rental rooms.  This is not an all-inclusive list.  The Door County Tourism Zone evaluates new forms of lodging for permitting requirements as types of lodging continue to develop and change.

Looking for a brief introduction to room tax in Door County? Watch our explainer video below:


Are your ready to permit your property and be a tourism champion?  Start here with our checklist, permit application, and FAQ's.  

Did you know that filing your room tax is quick and easy? Click the button below to file online.  Not sure how to login? Contact the office and we would be happy to do a training session or provide you everything you need to file your room tax online. 


Have questions or need assistance?

The Door County Tourism Zone Commission office is open daily 8-4. 

Best to call first as the administrator can from time to time be out for meetings, training, vacation, etc. 920-854-6200.




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