New Businesses should research requirements and regulations for the City of Santa Barbara. Review specifications for your business type.
This section includes:
Be sure to see Building & Safety Division for permits, approval and other permit requirements.
Questions regarding zoning, "outdoor dining", business signs contact Community Development / Public Works at 630 Garden St or call (805) 564-5485.
They have free onsite parking.
To ensure Business Zoning, contact Public Works.
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department conducts Fire and Life Safety inspections on hotels, motels and apartment/condo complexes, educational facilities, professional buildings/ offices, mercantile businesses and assemblies, all restaurants that contain a hood system regardless of size, occupancies of low-high hazards, institutionalized facilities, senior and childcare centers, storage and parking facilities and airport hangars and occupancies. Inspections of this sort are conducted on a 2 year rotational schedule and charged accordingly to occupancy type. Under the California Fire Code, the Fire Department, acting as the "Enforcing Agency", is allowed to charge reasonable fees to recoup costs associated with these services. As fees in the past remained static for many years, the current fees are reflective of actual costs incurred.
For current information on fire inspection fees please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (805) 564-5702.
City municipal code requires any business providing Contractor work must process both State and City licenses.
Download a copy of the City of Santa Barbara Business License Application.
For the State of California visit: www2.cslb.ca.gov.
For the City of Santa Barbara, you can look up the City Business License.