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Plan Viewing Appointment Information Guidelines 

Plan Viewing is by appointment only. The following information is important to know before we schedule an appointment for you;

  • Records staff will meet you outside of the front of the building at the lobby doors at the scheduled time. Please do not be late.  
  • You will be viewing the plans electronically on a large computer screen.
  • You will have 1 hour to view the plans. If at the end of the hour you still need time we will schedule you another appointment.
  • Plans may not be photographed. You may take notes. 
  • Please bring with you a valid I.D. or other legally acceptable paperwork, proving ownership, if you think you may want to request copies of the plans.
  • Planning and Street Files can be viewed electronically at our Community Development Property Records database at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/LDTRA
  • Requests for building plan copies are processed at the time of the Plan Archive Appointment.
    • If you are the property owner and you wish to request copies of the plans, please bring with you a valid I.D. and any other applicable, legally acceptable paperwork, proving ownership. We will assist you with the process of obtaining any licensed professional's permission who have stamped the plans, as permission from these parties is required prior to the duplication of the plans.
    • If you are not the property owner and you wish to request copies, we can assist you with the process of obtaining the property owner's permission and any licensed professional's permission who have stamped the plans, as permission from these parties is required prior to the duplication of the plans.
  • Prior to your appointment, if you wish, you can have the property owner complete, sign, date and have notarized, the Owner Approval for Plan Duplication Formgiving the named person in the form permission to obtain copies of the Building and Safety approved architectural plans of the property on their behalf. The name of the specific individual who is ordering the copies at the appointment must be specified on the form.
  • If the property is in escrow, the following options apply:
    • Requests for copies can be made once the sale of the property is complete and the property is recorded in your name at the County Assessor's Office.
    • The current property owner can complete, sign, date and have the Owner Approval for Plan Duplication Form notarized giving you permission to obtain the copies of the Building and Safety approved architectural plans of the property on their behalf.

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Last Updated: Jul 13, 2021
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