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Holiday Closures

Most City administrative offices, libraries, and facilities will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2021 through Friday, December 31, 2021. Offices will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022.

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 (805) 844-0038. Payments will be processed and credited to accounts throughout the closure period. The hours of operation for Utility Billing are December 27 through December 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at (805) 564-5342 or (805) 564-5345.

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 external book drops will be closed Friday, December 24, 2021 through Monday, January 3, 2022.  All locations will open for regular library services Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Trash and Recycling

Residential & business curbside collection will operate on a normal schedule this holiday season as Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Saturday.  For business customers with an additional Saturday pickup, please call MarBorg at (805) 963-1852 for information about your rescheduled pickup.

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 Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31, 2021.  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 24 and 31, 2021.

To schedule a Public Works Inspection, please call (805) 564-5396.

There will be no Public Works Counter staff or online Citizen Access services available to accept or review plans from December 23, 2021 to January 2, 2022. Please call (805) 564-5383 or email for emergency public work construction permits on December 23 and from December 27 – 30, 2021 only. 

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention staff will be available with the exception of December 24, 2021 and December 31, 2021.  If you need further assistance, please contact (805) 564-5702.  For those encountering issues requiring immediate assistance from the Fire Department, contact the Combined Communications Center at (805) 882-8900.

Police Department

The Police Department Lobby will be closed on December 25, 2021 and reopen on December 27, 2021.  It will also be closed on January 1, 2022 and reopen on January 3, 2022. There will be no vehicle releases on Christmas 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 closed during the holidays from December 23, 2021 to January 3, 2022. For issues requiring immediate attention please contact (805) 331-5637.

Parks and Recreation

All City of Santa Barbara recreation centers and Parks and Recreation Department offices will close from December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022, except for venues rented out for private events.

  • Los Baños del Mar swimming pool will close for maintenance from December 24, 2021 at 2pm to January 2, 2022.
  • The Municipal Tennis Center will close December 24 and 25, 2021 and December 31, 2021 to January 1, 2022.
  • Parks, playgrounds, beaches, community gardens, lawn bowling clubs, and the municipal golf course remain open.

Waterfront Administration

The Public Counter is open with limitations. 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 servicesclick 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 James Hatsedakis, Waterfront Parking Coordinator, at or call (805) 897-1965. 

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2021
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