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Business Liaison

City of Santa Barbara Emergency Ordinances for Economic Recovery

  • 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.
  • Ordinance No. 5993 extending Ords. No. 5944 and No. 5963 (see above) until March 8, 2022. Click here.
  • NEW! Council-directed changes to businesses operating on Public Sidewalks, June 22, 2021 click here.

Reopening California New! 

California is moving Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy.

As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The new public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Restrictions that ended on June 15 include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits on businesses
  • County tier system

Visit the State of California Safely Reopening webpage here.

Face Masks

  • COVID-19 Mask Complaints: NEW!
    Santa Barbara County Health Officer Order No. 2021-10.3 effective August 6, 2021 requires wearing of masks for indoor public settings, with some exceptions. Mask-related complaints may be submitted to the County via electronic form here.

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

California Department of Public Health 

  • Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors, May 21, 2021. Click here
  • Beyond the Blueprint – Questions & Answers, May 21, 2021. Click here 


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: Aug 9, 2021
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