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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.

Facilities Open for Business

Note: Many recreation facilities have special hours during the holidays. Please click on the link above for more information.

Services Available

Police, fire and harbor patrol emergency services will be fully staffed throughout the office closure. The 9-1-1 emergency service will continue to dispatch calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water, sewer, and trash bill payments can be mailed or left in the night drop box at City Hall or paid online at In addition, phone payments may be made by calling (855) 844-0038. Payments will be processed and credited to accounts throughout the closure period. Billing office staff will be available by phone December 23, and December 28 through December 31 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at (805) 564-5343.

Repair requests will be monitored and resolved in order of priority during the office closure. Please call (805) 564-5413 to report damage or repairs needed for the following:  

  • Water or sewer main breaks
  • Water meters

Please call (805) 564-5454 to report damages or repairs needed for the following:

  • Graffiti
  • Streets and sidewalks
  • Traffic signals
  • Street lights
  • Street signs
  • Trees
  • Storm drains


All Library locations and book drops will reopen on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Grab 'n Go Service will resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Trash and Recycling

Pickup of trash, recycling, and yard waste containers following a weekday holiday will be delayed one day. Normally scheduled Friday pickups on December 25 and January 1 will be delayed by one day to Saturday. All other pickup days are on a normal service schedule during this holiday season. For questions regarding your specific pickup schedule, Christmas tree pickups, additional pickups, and other trash-related questions, please call MarBorg at (805) 963-1852 or visit our Modified Holiday Service & Extra Waste Collection page

Building & Safety Plan Check and Inspections

Building permit related inspection services will be available all weekdays during the closure except December 25 and January 1. For building permit inspections please call (805) 564-5492 per the inspection instructions in your permit packet. Building and Safety Division counter staff will not be available to accept or review building plans during the holiday closure.

Public Works Permits

Public Works Inspection will be available all weekdays during the closure with the exception of December 25 and January 1. To schedule a Public Works inspection, please call (805) 564-5396. There will be no counter staff or online Citizen Access services available to accept or review plans during the holiday closure. Please call (805) 564-5383 or email for emergency public work construction permits on December 23, or 28-31. 

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention staff will be available with the exception of December 25 and January 1. Please contact them at (805) 564-5702.  Issues requiring immediate assistance from the Fire Department please contact the Combined Communications Center at (805) 897-2410.

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention staff will be available with the exception of December 25 and January 1. Please contact them at (805) 564-5702. For issues requiring immediate assistance from the Fire Department please contact the Combined Communications Center at (805) 897-2410.

Police Department

The Police Department Lobby will be closed on December 25, 2020 and reopen on December 26, 2020. It will also be closed on January 1, 2021 and reopen on January 2, 20221. There will be no vehicle releases on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Call 9-1-1 to report an emergency or call (805) 882-8900 to report a non-emergency. Information on services available by phone and online during regular office hours is available on the Lobby Services page.

Office of Emergency Services

The City Office of Emergency Services will be open during the holidays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On Thursday, December 24 and Thursday, December 31, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The office is closed on Friday, December 25 and Friday, December 1. For more information, call (805) 564-5711. 

Parks and Recreation

All City Recreation Centers will remain closed as required by the Regional Stay Home Order.

  • Los Banos del Mar Pool will close for maintenance from December 24, 2020 through January 3, 2021.
  • The Municipal Tennis and Pickleball Courts will close from December 25, 2020 through January 1, 2021.
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club will be open daily throughout the closure period.
  • Parks, playgrounds, beaches, community gardens, and lawn bowling clubs remain open

Waterfront Administration

The Waterfront Department administrative offices are closed to the public. Staff is still available by phone/email and many services are available online. To see a list of online services, click here.

  • Beaches: All Santa Barbara City beaches are open at this time.
  • Parking: Waterfront Parking lots remain open to the public. Parking fees are being charged and enforced. The Waterfront Parking Office is CLOSED. Most services may be handled by phone or email. For more information, please contact Cesar Barrios, Waterfront Parking Supervisor, at or call (805) 564-5534.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2020
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