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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #215, 5/21/2020

Reducing Processing Time and New Permit Status


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The City’s Land Development Team is hopeful that you are doing well and getting used to the “new normal” that COVID-19 has brought to each of us. In light of COVID-19 and our complete re-engineering of our plan check and building permit processes, we continue to make adjustments to improve service delivery to you – our customers.  Below are 2 new changes that you should be aware of.

Speeding Up Online Permitting

In an effort to speed up our building permit process, on May 25th, Building & Safety will begin collecting a small part of the Building Permit fee at the time of online application. As we have done in the past, this fee payment will be credited to your Building Permit fee payment at permit issuance. Doing this will eliminate time consuming and redundant processes, thus speeding up the issuance of permits or the start of plan check.

Applicants will make 2 or 3 (depending on the plan check required for their project) Building Permit Fee payments at the following times:

  • Application for Permit ($100, $250, or $1,000 depending on scope of work)
  • After the 1st Plan Review (Remaining Plan Check Portion of this fee)
  • At Permit Issuance (Remaining Inspection Portion of this fee)

A copy of the current City Fee Schedule can be found online by clicking here

New Building Permit Status

This month Building & Safety is using 2 new building permit status names. When you look online at your permit applications, you may see the following status names assigned to your application:

  • “Waiting on Applicant” is used when our Permit Technicians need something from the applicant and they want to avoid another round of plan review. Pending fee payments, contractor information, and Electronic Signature forms are a few examples of when we will assign this status to an application.
  • “Make ready to Issue” is used internally when we see that no more plan review is needed and City staff need to begin the permit issuance process. This status helps us to focus on these applications and get them issued so that construction can begin.

Thank you all for your patience over the past 6 weeks. The conversion from paper to PDF plan check has been challenging, however it is bringing safety and efficiencies that are of benefit to all of us.

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