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A Message Regarding Business at the Waterfront During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Santa Barbara Waterfront Department’s primary concern is the health, safety, and welfare of our community. While we respond to this pandemic, we continue to stay connected digitally and share ways you can support local business, while at the same time safeguarding your health. Below is information about what’s open at the Waterfront, hours of operation, and what services are available.

Latest Santa Barbara Waterfront Information: (Updated 5/26/20)

 BEACHES – All Santa Barbara City beaches are open at this time.

 PARKING - Waterfront Parking lots remain open to the public (except Cabrillo East and West lots). Parking fees are being charged and enforcedHours of operation are as follows: 

Leadbetter Lot:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Harbor West Lot: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Garden Street Lot: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Palm Park Lot: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cabrillo West Lot: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cabrillo East Lot: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Harbor Main Lot: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Effective Friday 04/24/2020
Stearns Wharf: Open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic at no charge

The Waterfront Parking Office is CLOSED.  Most of our services may be handled by phone or email. For more information, please contact Cesar Barrios, Waterfront Parking Supervisor, at or call 805-564-5534.

SATURDAY FISHERMAN'S MARKET - Open every Saturday from 6am to 11am on the City Pier. Please wear a mask and keep a 6-foot distance from others at all times.

 RESTAURANT TAKEOUT – Several Waterfront restaurants remain open for freshly prepared takeout. Click here for a listing of restaurant & market takeout options. We ask that visitors confirm in advance hours of operations directly with businesses, services, and markets (as these may change daily). Kindly call ahead to place orders, keep a 6-foot distance from others at all times, and consume food & beverages off site.

BOATING – The Waterfront Department re-opened the boat launch facilities for recreational use on Friday, April 24th, 2020. The continued use of the launch ramp during the Coronavirus public health emergency depends on users respecting these guidelines and is subject to change based on situational updates from Santa Barbara County Health and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

EVENTS - Operation Clean Sweep scheduled for Saturday, May 16th and the Harbor Nautical Swap meet, scheduled for Saturday, May 30th are both cancelled.

 SUPPORT LOCAL – Purchasing a gift card, shopping online, and booking travel in advance are other ways in which the local community can support small business for shopping, dining, entertainment. Click here to learn how you can lend your support to small harbor businesses.

WATERFRONT ADMINISTRATION – The Waterfront Department closed administrative offices to the public Wednesday, March 18, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Staff is still available by phone/email and many services are available online. To see a list of online services click here.

The safety and health of patrons and our employees remain a top priority. Outdoor surfaces/restrooms continue to be regularly sanitized with increased frequency. We encourage all visitors and harbor residents to follow healthy practices and social distancing, in accordance with CDC guidelines (see below) and continue practice of safe hygiene. If you are sick, please save your visit to the Waterfront until you are well.

The Santa Barbara Waterfront Department appreciates your continued support of locally-owned and operated waterfront businesses as we all support each other through these challenging times.



Slip Permit Renewal

Current Slip Permittees:

Renew Your Permit

Electric Submeter Program


Saturday, May 30, 2020

8:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
CANCELLED - Santa Barbara Harbor Nautical Swap Meet

Saturday, July 4, 2020

11:00 AM  -  10:00 PM
Santa Barbara Independence Day Celebration Canceled

Saturday, October 17, 2020

10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
19th Annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival

Sunday, December 13, 2020

3:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
34th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights

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132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
 (805) 564-5531  
Fax: (805) 560-7580

Last Updated: May 29, 2020
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