The Public Works Permit Counter offers the convenience of a one-stop shop for answers to many common questions, as well as securing over-the-counter Public Works Permits.
The Permit Counter is located in the Community Development/Public Works Building at 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, California. You may telephone staff at (805) 564-5388 or stop by the office from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (PT), Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. City offices are closed every other Friday. View our List of Closed Fridays. The Permit Counter's fax number is (805) 897-1927.
A Public Works Construction Permit is an important part of protecting the public while work is being done in the public right of way. It assures that proper and adequate notice is given to the public (who are walking, cycling, driving, etc.), that an obstruction is ahead. It also assures that any work being performed is inspected and meets the minimum City standards. A permit also protects public facilities, i.e., water and sewer mains, from damage, and coordinates work in the public right-of-way to avoid conflicts.
We issue various permits for access to or use of the public's right-of-way, such as trenching permits for installation or repair of water or sewer lines; installation or replacement of sidewalks or driveway approaches; access ramps; transportation permits for oversized vehicles; and temporary obstructions in the public right-of-way, such as dumpsters, etc.
Some of the information available at the Public Works Permit Counter includes the location and depth of sewer and water mains, the location of storm drains, aerial and topographic maps of parcels within the City limits, construction drawings for public improvements, and capital projects out to bid.