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Annual Reports: Tier 2 stores must SUBMIT THEIR ANNUAL REPORT ONLINE (CLICK HERE) by February, 2017.


On October 15, 2013 the Santa Barbara City Council adopted the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance. The ordinance prohibits certain stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at the point of sale and requires a 10-cent charge for each paper bag provided to customers. The 10-cent charge on paper bags may be retained by stores for use in complying with the ordinance.

When did the ban begin?

  • May 14, 2014: Larger supermarkets and stores with a pharmacy - 10,000 square feet of retail space or more (Ordinance Definition)
  • November 14, 2014: Smaller grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies, convenience food stores and food marts (Ordinance Definition)

Stores in Santa Barbara that sell a line of groceries must complete a self-certification .

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Last Updated: Mar 22, 2017