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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume #152, 7/10/17




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.

We hope you'll find the contents of this issue useful. However, if you prefer not to receive this publication in the future, simply send us an email to: LandDevelopmentTeam@SantaBarbaraCA.gov


Effective January 1, 2017, recently adopted state legislation (AB 2299 and SB 1069) nullified and voided the City's regulations for Secondary Dwelling Units, now referred to as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). Until the City adopts its own ordinance, a local government is required to ministerially approve ADUs if the unit complies with state standards including certain parking requirements, the maximum allowable size of an ADU, and setback requirements. The provisions of the new state law also apply in the Coastal Zone but a proposed ADU may require a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) depending on the project type and location. 

In compliance with state law, the City is proposing to amend the Municipal Code to adopt local regulations related to ADUs. The City’s Housing Element Policy H15 encourages ADUs as a means to provide additional rental housing in single family zones, and also recognizes that Santa Barbara has unique characteristics that warrant some additional local oversight of these units. The ADU ordinance will likely address aspects such as applicability within High Fire Hazard areas, zoning districts where ADUs are allowed, minimum lot size, and maximum unit size.  The ADU ordinance project was kicked off this summer with potential adoption anticipated in late fall.

To stay updated on this this topic, the City has created an Accessory Dwelling Units webpage.  It can be viewed at: Santa Barbara - Accessory Dwelling Units.  Please watch this page for notices and updates, which will also be available through the MySB Subscriptions Account, Accessory Dwelling Units Newsletters & Bulletins. 

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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