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Pre-Lease Building Assessment and Expedited Planning and Permitting for Downtown State Street

The City of Santa Barbara now has a program to foster economic development for State Street businesses located between Cabrillo Boulevard and Sola Street. With a goal to make it easier and faster to occupy commercial space in the downtown, City staff liaisons are available to provide consultation for property owners and prospective tenants.

Know Early:  City staff can provide early advisory services on ADA/accessibility, restroom facilities, and trash and recycling space needs that should be evaluated prior to purchase or lease of a commercial space. This service includes a written report, and it is available on a fee-for-service basis from $600-$1,000, depending on the complexity of the issues observed.

Skip the line:  All applications in ACCELERATE’s target area will receive priority placement on Sign Committee and Historic Landmarks Commission Agendas. There is no additional cost for this beyond the standard fees. Ask your staff planner for details.

Move Faster: All ACCELERATE projects will receive priority building plan review for tenant improvements. There is no additional cost for this beyond the standard fees. Ask your staff plans examiner for details.

Customized Service: Meet, speak, and/or e-mail with the staff who will help guide your project through the design review and/or permitting process.

ACCELERATE is a new six month pilot program (August 2017-February 2018) to help revitalize Downtown Santa Barbara. At or near the conclusion of this six month pilot program, the City Council will evaluate the results and provide direction to staff.

Contact Us!

Call or Email:

(805) 564-5542

Visit a Public Counter:

Community Development Department
630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Click here for directions.

Additional Resources

Our goal is to help Downtown businesses start and thrive, and ACCELERATE is one of many resources that property owners and prospective tenants can enjoy when making the choice to occupy commercial space in beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara. For additional information and resources to help you get started, please feel free to also visit the City's Business Resources page.


Last Updated: Sep 1, 2017
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