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Community Development

For Information on Public Counter Notices Re: COVID-19 click here.

Notice: The City of Santa Barbara is now accepting proposals for grant funding for affordable housing under the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery/Multifamily Housing Program. More information can be found here.


The Community Development Department is responsible for planning, building and safety, housing and human services, economic development, and related administrative functions for the City of Santa Barbara. On this web page you will find information about each of the divisions, ongoing projects, information about existing building permits, neighborhood information, historic resources, important planning projects and much more.

Contact Us

View a more detailed Community Development Directory of Contacts or see our department's organizational chart.

Phone Numbers

We can be reached by phone between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Division Phone Fax
Administration (805) 564-5502 (805) 564-5506
Housing & Human Services (805) 564-5461 (805) 564-5506
Building & Safety (805) 564-5485 (805) 564-5476
Planning (805) 564-5470 (805) 564-5506
Records & Archives (805) 564-5485  
Economic Development (805) 564-5306   


The Planning Counter:

Building & Safety:

Mailing Address

Community Development Department
Division Name
P.O. Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990

Business Hours

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PT)
Monday thru Thursday and 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PT) alternate Fridays.

View our new office hours or the calendar of closed Fridays.

Contact Us!

City of Santa Barbara
Community Development Department
630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Located between Ortega and Cota Streets. View a map of our location.

For Information on Public Counter Notices Re: COVID-19 click here.

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2022
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