The City of Santa Barbara is comprised of thirteen (13) departments listed here.
- Administrative Services
Mission: Support city operations with effective and efficient administrative and advisory services that include preparing the official city record, conducting elections, and managing human resources, labor relations, information technology, and computer network and infrastructure services.
- City Administrator
Mission: Responsible for the overall management and administration of the City of Santa Barbara, based upon the City Charter and the policy direction provided by the City Council.
- City Attorney
Mission: Provide high quality, responsive and cost-effective legal representation and advice to the City Council, Boards, Commissions and City departments.
- Community Development
Mission: Assist the public in managing the development of the community in order to protect and preserve the quality of life, promote a sound economic base and appropriate design, and ensure safe construction, all in balance with the constraints of the City’s environment and resources.
Mission: Provide financial guidance to City Council and departments and manage the City’s financial operations.
Mission: Provide fire protection, emergency medical rescue and related life safety service to Santa Barbara’s citizens and visitors.
Mission: Provide information services, reading materials, and educational resources to residents of all ages from the Santa Ynez Valley to Carpinteria.
- Parks & Recreation
Mission: Provide residents and visitors with diverse open space, parks, beaches and community forest resources, creek restoration and water quality enhancements and enrich people’s lives through a broad array of recreation and community services.
Mission: Operating under a community-oriented policing philosophy, create and maintain a safe community where people can live in peace without the fear of crime.
- Public Works
Mission: Provide the community with the sustainable foundation to thrive by delivering quality services and public infrastructure through efficient and fiscally responsible practices. Provide for the public's needs relative to transportation, water, wastewater, and City owned buildings.
Mission: Provide the community with a quality Waterfront for recreation and commercial use, along with mooring and landside services for boating activities.