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Business Liaison

COVID-19 Stay at Home Order: Under the Governor’s Stay Home Order, not all businesses must be shut down.

  • A List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers exempt from the Order can be found by clicking here.  
  • Local Emergency Order Establishing a Temporary Pedestrian Promenade on Portions of State Street, May 22, 2020. Click here.
  • Emergency Ordinance Pertaining to COVID-19 Economic Recovery, May 28, 2020 (Ord. No. 5944) Click here.
  • Emergency Ordinance Pertaining to COVID-19 Economic Recovery, August 12, 2020 (Ord. No. 5963, extending and amending Ord. 5944) Click here.
  • New! Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Sept. 2020 (What is allowed to open under which color Tier). Click here.
  • New! State Regional Stay at Home Order Triggered by ICU Capacity, Dec. 3, 2020. Click here.

Face Masks

  • Local Emergency Order requiring use of face masks by workers and public of certain essential businesses, adopted April 28, 2020, click here.

  • Optional: Download Printable “Mask Required” Signage English and Español 

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department 

  • Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Orders webpage, click here.

  • COVID-19 Compliance Concerns within City of Santa Barbara, submit concerns/complaints using link to S.B. County for all jurisdictions here (will be forwarded to City).


The Business Liaison acts as the central point of contact for development projects, opening the lines of communication and offering solutions to issues or conflicting regulations, and will follow the project through to completion. The Business Liaison will facilitate communication between project applicants and City staff, and allow for a coordinated and efficient movement of applications between departments. This position reports to the City Planner until decisions regarding the formation of an economic development division or department are made.

Projects meeting any one of the following criteria fall under the purview of the Business Liaison:

  • Private nonresidential or mixed-use development projects (new, remodel, addition) requiring a building permit and located on State Street, between Gutierrez Street and Sola Street.
  • Any improvement that requires a building permit and involves a hotel, large grocery store, medical facility, or auto dealership.
  • Other projects, as directed by the Community Development Director.

In addition to being the initial point of contact, the Business Liaison serves to assist applicants in understanding the City’s requirements, which will enable them to submit complete applications and avoid possible delays; work as a liaison between City divisions, including Planning, Building and Safety, Transportation Planning, Engineering, Environmental Services, Creeks, City Attorney, and Fire Prevention, and others as needed from application submittal through permit plan check; and, facilitate communication and positive working relationships.

This appointment is part of a larger effort now underway by the City Administrator to develop and staff an Economic Development Program for the City of Santa Barbara.

Contact Us

Call or Email
Marck Aguilar
Business Liaison / Project Planner
(805) 897-1933

Click here to learn more about your Business Liaison.

Community Development Department 
630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Business Liaison Project Area

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2020
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