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Santa Barbara Police Authority Letter

 **  UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF 04-15-2015  ** 

The Authority Letter is now valid for 12 months – please read both the information below and the downloadable document carefully.  

The SBPD Authority Letter is completed by the business/property owner, manager, or an authorized designee. The letter authorizes the SBPD to enter the location after the property is posted as CLOSED to enforce law violations and make any necessary arrests. These violations include, but are not limited to, illegal lodging, public intoxication, and prowling. 

If an arrest is made at the property, the individual who has signed the letter agrees to appear in court to assist in the prosecution of any arrest made pursuant to this letter. 

The Authority Letter is valid for twelve (12) months, as specified by the person who fills out the Authority Letter. It is the business/property owner’s responsibility to renew the Authority Letter after the twelve month time frame.  

You are required to have a NO TRESPASSING sign posted in view on the property. 

You are required to post a CLOSED sign when the property is closed.  

We recommend that you post the Authority Letter in a window so that an officer sees it when addressing a problem. This expedites police assistance. 

The SBPD Authority Letter is available for download by clicking [HERE]. 

Please return the completed letter to the Santa Barbara Police Department: 

By mail:                215 E. Figueroa Street,  Santa Barbara, CA   93101,   ATTENTION: Authority Letter 

By fax:                   805-897-2434 

By email:   

Please return the completed letter to the Santa Barbara Police Department:

ATTENTION: Authority Letter

215 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-897-2434 Fax


Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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