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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #185, 12/18/2018

Important Information Regarding
Holiday Closure of City Offices


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The Public Works and Community Development Departments, located at 630 Garden Street, will be closed from Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Offices will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  As such, Zoning & Enforcement staff will not be available to prepare Zoning Information Reports and staff will not be available to accept or review plans for public works or building permits during these closure dates.  Field construction inspection services will be available from Building & Safety, Public Works and Fire as noted below. 



The Municipal Code requirement to obtain a ZIR prior to the close of escrow (SBMC Sections 30.285.030 and 28.87.220) will remain in effect during the City’s holiday closure.  In order to accommodate the needs of the real estate community as best as possible, every reasonable effort will be made to complete ZIRs received between December 17 and 20 prior to the holiday closure.

While ZIR applications will not be accepted in person during the holiday closure, agents may continue to mail them in. Work on those applications will commence on Wednesday, January 2nd.  The fax machine will be unavailable during the holiday closure.  If an escrow opens and closes during the holiday closure, agents are required to submit a ZIR application as soon as possible, either in the mail or in person when the Community Development Department offices re-open. All "After-the-Fact" ZIR fees will be waived, if valid escrow instructions are provided that verify the escrow opening and closing dates occurred during the holiday closure. 

If you have any questions regarding the holiday closure and how this relates to ZIRs, please call the Planning Counter at 564-5578. 



Building & Safety Division counter staff will not be available to accept or review plans during the holiday closure. Building permit related inspection services will be available Monday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 26th, and Thursday, December 27th.  For building permit inspections please use the normal inspection request instructions as outlined in the Inspection Request Handout provided in your building permit packet. 



Public Works counter staff will not be available to accept or review plans during the closure. Public Works Inspection services will be available all weekdays of the holiday closure with the exception of December 25th and January 1st. To schedule a Public Works inspection please contact Randy Ward at 564-5396. For emergency public works construction permits, please contact Jesus Banuelos at 564-5383.



Fire Prevention Staff will be available all weekdays of the holiday closure with the exception of December 25th and January 1st.  Please contact them at 564-5702.

Issues requiring immediate assistance from the Fire Department please contact the Combined Communications Center at 897-2410.

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City of Santa Barbara/Community Development
630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
T. (805) 564-5485, ext. 2653