Accommodation Excise Tax

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners adopted an amendment to the Washtenaw County Ordinance at their meeting on October 17, 2012.  This amendment makes the County Finance Director responsible to administer and enforce the Ordinance.  This change is effective as of December 17, 2012.

For questions concerning the Ordinance and collection of Excise Tax please contact Mary Cortese at cortesem@ewashtenaw or via phone at 734-222-6660.

Michigan Law

The State of Michigan Act 263 of 1974 permits counties “to impose and collect an excise tax on persons engaged in the business of providing rooms for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes to transient guest; to provide for the disposition of the revenues thereof; and to prescribe penalties”.

View the full Act here

County Ordinance

The Washtenaw County Accommodation Ordinance was adopted by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in 1974.  The Ordinance was updated in 2008 to increase the excise tax from 2% to 5%; as well as implement other changes. The Ordinance was further updated in 2012 to exempt Bed and Breakfast, including cottages and individuals who periodically lease rooms in their homes, from having to pay the accommodation excise tax if they meet certain criteria.

 View the Ordinance here

The Accommodation Ordinance Commission

The Washtenaw County AOC members and contacts

The Accommodation Ordinance Commission 2014 Calendar

All meetings are held on Tuesdays at 9 am unless otherwise specified. 

Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center

Meeting Room B

4135 Washtenaw Ave.

Ann Arbor


 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014* - Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 769-9800

Tuesday, June 3, 2014* - Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 769-9800

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


 For information regarding the meetings contact Mary Cortese at or via phone at 734.222.6660.


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