- Holiday Closures
Most City administrative offices, libraries, and facilities will be closed from Wednesday, December 23, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. Offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021.
- City Charter
A Santa Barbara city charter acts like a constitution for the city. It can only be adopted, amended or repealed by a majority citizen vote. The charter allows the city to take into account the unique local conditions and needs of the community.
- City Election Information
Municipal Elections are administered by the City Clerk's Office. The General Municipal Election is held in November of odd-numbered years.
- Measure C
In November 2017, Santa Barbara residents approved Measure C - Santa Barbara Critical Infrastructure and Essential Community Services, which provided a one-cent general purpose local sales transaction and use tax. The new Sales Tax Rate is 8.75%. Measure C, which became effective April 1, 2018, will generate an estimated $22 million per year and provide much-needed general purpose funding, which can be used for critical infrastructure, to address deferred maintenance of City facilities, and to replace the City's outdated and unsafe police station.
- City Infrastructure
The City Council is hosting public workshops to get your thoughts on the condition of the City’s basic infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, libraries, community centers, police and fire stations, and park and recreation facilities. We want to learn what’s important to you and get your input on how the City Council should prioritize funding. A Council Committee will take the suggestions from the public to develop a plan to upgrade and modernize public facilities.
- City Officials
Lists of the Mayor and Council and Department Heads.
- Mayor & City Council
Mission: Establish policy, approve programs, and oversee the financial affairs of the City to govern the City of Santa Barbara.
- Municipal Code
A compendium of the most active by-laws arranged into chapters, articles, sections, subsections, paragraphs, table of contents and index. By-laws are edited and revised where necessary to clarify and provide a comprehensive body of law.
- City Organization Chart
Organization Chart for the City of Santa Barbara.
Quick general information about the City of Santa Barbara.
- Save a Trip with Online Services
Many City services and instructions are available online, allowing you to pay a bill, find phone numbers to contact staff, or submit requests, forms, applications, questions, and comments via email. Before making a trip, please check the City’s website and review the list of services below.