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Authority LettersPolice Department SBPD

Updated as of 02-07-12: There have been changes to the Authority Letter – please read both the information below and the downloadable document carefully.

The SBPD Authority Letter is completed by the business/property owner, manager, or an authorized designee. The letter authorizes the SBPD to enter the location after the property is posted as CLOSED to enforce law violations and make any necessary arrests. These violations include, but are not limited to, illegal lodging, public intoxication, and prowling.

If an arrest is made at the property, the individual who has signed the letter agrees to appear in court to assist in the prosecution of any arrest made pursuant to this letter.

The Authority Letter is valid for six months, as specified by the person who fills out the Authority Letter. It is the business/property owner’s responsibility to renew the Authority Letter after the six month time frame.

You are required to have a NO TRESPASSING sign posted in view on the property.

You are required to post a CLOSED sign when the property is closed.

Download the SBPD Authority Letter.

Please return the completed letter to the Santa Barbara Police Department:

ATTENTION: Authority Letter

215 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-897-2434 Fax


Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015