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Floodplain Management Ordinance

In October of 2017, 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. Click here and scroll down to find ordinance 22.24.

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

Public Meetings

There are no public meetings currently scheduled. 

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: Nov 13, 2017
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