COVID-19 Response:

City of Santa Cruz Fee & Permit Process Modifications to Support Businesses:

  • City Council Approves Residential & Commercial Eviction Moratorium At their March 24, 2020 Council meeting, the Santa Cruz City Council acknowledged the many individuals in the community that may be at risk of being unable to pay commercial or residential rents due to businesses being closed and employees losing income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional details about the ordinance, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in English & Spanish. View the City's summary of existing renter protections.
  • City of Santa Cruz Places Limit of 15% on Commissions Charged by Third-Party Food Delivery Companies
    In support of local businesses in Santa Cruz, City Manager Martin Bernal signed an executive order April 13, 2020 establishing a temporary limit of 15% on commissions charged by third-party food delivery companies. This order will take effect on April 16, 2020.
  • The City of Santa Cruz has made the following changes to some recurring fees to provide relief to businesses during this crisis:
    • Downtown Parking Permits have been automatically extended through May 31 with no payment required for this month. If a monthly permit parker has pre-paid the month of May, the City will credit a month of parking and extend the validity of the permit as appropriate.
    • Cafe Extension License Fees will be waived while dine-in restaurant service is prohibited.
    • TOT is normally remitted to the City on a monthly basis, we have made an administrative decision to defer payments of all TOT revenues collected from March through June, 2020 to the end of July, 2020 (a deferral of three months). No interest, late fees or penalties will be charged related to this deferral.

Utilities Relief:

  • PG&E has initiated a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers, effective immediately and until further notice.
  • Santa Cruz Municipal Water Utility is offering a hardship declaration form to utility customers whose ability to pay their bills have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Utility service will not be discontinued for non-payment. Customers are asked to pay what they can.

Tax Extensions

Individual & Business State Taxes

The State Postponed tax deadlines until July 15 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Property Tax

Penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 are waived through May 6, 2021, for taxpayers experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies to residential properties and small businesses that meet certain criteria.

Business Personal Property Tax Statements

Businesses have until May 31, 2020 to file Business Personal Property Tax Statements to avoid penalties.

Sales & Use Tax

Effective March 30, 2020 all taxpayers who file a return less than $1 Million dollars will have an additional 3 months to file their return, between now and July 31, 2020.If you qualify for this extension it is automatic and you do not need to apply.

Federal Taxes

The federal deadline for filing and paying taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.