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Floodplain Management Ordinance

In 2017 and 2018, the City of Santa Barbara updated the City’s Floodplain Management Ordinance and the changes to the Ordinance may apply to your property. These changes will apply to building permit applications made after January 1, 2018 or April  17, 2018. Click here and scroll down to find these changes to Ordinance 22.24 (FYI … these Ordinance changes are separate PDFs and have not yet been incorporated into the City’s master Municipal Code PDF).

Map Updates

FEMA has issued flood maps for City, County and Public review. This is a standard practice of FEMA. In short, FEMA issues new flood zone maps and gives us all 90-days to review and appeal any technical aspect of the maps. If there are no legitimate appeals (FEMA determines legitimacy), then the map will go into effect 180 days after the appeal period ends (roughly June of 2018). You may access the FEMA map update letter and instructional document at this link. You may read more about this FEMA coastal flood zone map update project at If you have questions, please call (805) 564-5553 or email


  • CLOMR/LOMR for all of the work on Lower Mission Creek. 
  • CLOMR/LOMR for the proposed replacement of the De la Vina Street Bridge. 
  • CLOMR/LOMR for Lower Sycamore Creek (Punta Gorda to Pacific Ocean)
  • CLOMR/LOMR for Upper Sycamore Creek (Punta Gorda to APS)
  • Open Pacific Coast Floodplain Map Changes – Pending 9/28/2018 effective date

Public Meetings

Floodplain Management Ordinance Revisions Q&A
Date: June 28, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room at 630 Garden Street

Please join City staff to learn about the 2018 updates to the City Floodplain Management Ordinance. Staff will answer questions about significant FEMA-mandated changes to the ordinance.

More Information:  You can find additional information by visiting this page for updates, or by calling (805) 340-4744.  You may also receive information at the City’s 630 Garden Street Office.

View City Council Meeting, Upcoming Meetings and Agendas here.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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