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The Public Works Permit Counter offers the convenience of a one-stop shop for answers to many common questions, as well as securing over-the-counter Public Works Permits.

All Public Works Permit Counter application services are available via Accela Citizen Access at

To schedule a Public Works inspection, please call (805) 564-5396, or refer to the instructions on your permit.

For more information and instructions, click here > Accela Citizen Access Instructions for Public Works Cases.    

Click here for links to applications, handouts, guides and general information.

The Permit Counter is located in the Community Development/Public Works Building at 630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, California. The Public Counter is open for walk-in services Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – no appointment needed. You may telephone staff at (805) 564-5388 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (PST), Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. City offices are closed every other Friday. 

Please visit SantaBarbaraCA/countercheckin to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with City staff. We do not currently accept applications via our general e-mail, You may email this general email box with questions on completing your application, or to request documents necessary to complete your application. Once you have staff assigned to your case, please contact them directly via phone or email. View our List of Closed Fridays. The Permit Counter's fax number is (805) 897-1927.


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