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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin

Volume XCVII, 12/13





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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Holiday Closure of City Offices

Most City ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES are closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Offices will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2014. This includes the Public Works and Community Development Departments located at 630 Garden Street. As such, Zoning & Enforcement staff will not be able to prepare Zoning Information Reports during these closure dates, and staff will not be available to accept or review plans for public works or building permits.

Zoning Information Reports

The Municipal Code requirement to obtain a ZIR prior to the close of escrow (SBMC Section 28.87.220) will remain in effect during the City’s holiday closure scheduled for December 24, 2013 through January 1, 2014.  In order to accommodate the needs of the real estate community as best we can, we are committed to completing all ZIRs received by Friday, December 13th, prior to the City’s holiday closure.  We will make every effort to complete additional ZIR applications received during the week of December 16th, but cannot commit to this at this time, as we will have limited resources during the holiday closure period and we do not yet know the extent of our ZIR workload for that period.

While we cannot accept ZIR applications in person during the holiday closure period, agents may continue to mail them in and we will begin working on those applications when we return on Thursday, January 2nd.  The fax machine will be unavailable during the holiday closure period.  If an escrow opens and closes during our holiday closure period, agents are still required to submit an application as soon as possible, either in the mail or in person once our office re-opens. We will waive the double "After the Fact" ZIR fee if valid escrow instructions are provided to verify the escrow opening and closing dates occurred during our holiday closure.

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

Building & Safety Plan Check and Inspections

While there will not be counter staff available to accept or review plans during the closure, the Building & Safety Division will provide inspection services on Friday, December 27th during the holiday closure.  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 and Inspections

While there will not be counter staff available to accept or review plans during the closure, Public Works will provide inspection services on Friday, December 27th during the holiday closure.

To contact Public Works Staff please call 564-5388.  To schedule a Public Works Inspection please contact Randy Ward at 564-5396.

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention Staff will not be available Wednesday, December 25th or Wednesday, January 1st.  Fire Prevention Staff will be available all other days during the holiday closure.  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