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Public Works Permit CounterPublic Works

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.

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

  • Utility Construction/Traffic Control for utility companies work in the right-of-way
  • Over-Height Vehicle Permits for trucking companies and associated applicants
  • Public Improvement C-1 Plans for Civil Engineers and associated applicants (may be delayed)
  • Sewer Lateral Inspection Program (SLIP) for submittal of videos and forms
  • Small Cell Facility for cellular site projects in the right-of-way (may be delayed)
  • Subdivision Map Act Documents technical review/processing of agreements (may be delayed)

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

The following application types are available via email to or by calling (805) 564-5388.

  • Street construction permits

  • Pedestrian protection and other traffic control

  • Haul route permits

  • On street parking restriction waivers

  • Sewer service connections and lateral repairs

  • Water service  changes

  • Temporary water meters

  • Minor encroachment permits (may be delayed)

  • Outdoor dining permits (may be delayed)

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

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. You may telephone staff at (805) 564-5388 or stop by the office from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (PT), Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. City offices are closed every other Friday. We do not currently accept applications via our general e-mail, You may email this general 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.


Last Updated: Jun 5, 2020
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