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Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for planning, building and safety, housing and human services, and related administrative functions for the City of Santa Barbara. On this web page you will find information about each of the divisions, ongoing projects, information about existing building permits, neighborhood information, historic resources, important planning projects and much more.

Contact Us

View a more detailed Community Development Directory of Contacts or see our department's organizational chart.

Phone Numbers

We can be reached by phone between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Department Phone Fax
Administration (805) 564-5502 (805) 564-5477
Housing & Human Services (805) 564-5461 (805) 564-5477
Building & Safety (805) 564-5485 (805) 564-5476
Planning (805) 564-5470 (805) 564-5477
Records & Archives (805) 564-5485 (805) 564-5476

Mailing Address

Community Development Department
Division Name
P.O. Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990

Business Hours

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PT)
Monday thru Thursday and 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PT) alternate Fridays.

View our new office hours or the calendar of closed Fridays.

What's NEW? Check out the Residents Guide to the Planning Process Brochure and Planning Central Web page!

Planning has created a new Residents Guide to Navigating the Planning Process brochure which is now available at the planning counter at 630 Garden Street.

The brochure is also available for download at the new "Planning Central" web page.

Please visit this new page at www.santabarbaraca.gov/services/planning.asp to find out more.

Visit Us!

City of Santa Barbara
Community Development Department
630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Located between Ortega and Cota Streets. View a map of our location.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014