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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #165, 11/14/17




The LDT Bulletin is one way we are increasing communication between the City and our customers. These bulletins will also be located in our lobby area at 630 Garden Street.

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New Handout - Accessory Dwelling Units Submittal Requirement

The City of Santa Barbara is introducing a new handout for applicants proposing an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).  Beginning on Monday November 13, 2017, the Accessory Dwelling Unit Submittal Requirements handout must be completed and submitted with all permit applications for an ADU.  The handout was developed to help property owners in preparing applications that have all the information necessary for the City to process the permit as quickly as possible.   

The handout also clarifies the process for the 120-day time period for ministerial review as specified in State Government Code 65852.2 and discussed with Greg Nickless, Housing Policy Analyst of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.  The 120-day time period only includes the time the City of Santa Barbara spends reviewing the submitted information.  The “clock” stops when the City has completed its review and, either corrections are available for pick up, or the permit is ready to issue.   Please review the handout for more information. 

For questions about the State law or the City’s proposed amendment to Title 28 and Title 30 of the Municipal Code establishing local regulations for ADUs, email ADU: or call (805) 897-1971 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.   

For questions about zoning compliance and building permits for ADUs, please click here to refer to the Accessory Dwelling Unit handout on the City’s website, stop by the permit counters at 630 Garden Street, or call the Planning/Zoning Counter at (805) 564-5578.

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