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Floodplain Management Ordinance UpdateCommunity Development

The City of Santa Barbara is in the process of updating the City’s Floodplain Management Ordinance and the proposed changes to the Ordinance may apply to your property. This page has information regarding that update.


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

Public Meetings

An Ordinance Committee Meeting was held on August 1, 2017. 

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.

You can read a copy of the Draft Ordinance here.

View City Council Meeting, Upcoming Meetings and Agendas here.

Tentative upcoming meeting: Also note that there is a tentative discussion planned for a City Council Hearing on September 1st. Watch this page for updates.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2017
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