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  • AUD Program
    The AUD Program Ordinance carries out a key implementation action of the City’s 2011 General Plan. The intent of the Program is to provide needed residential development, particularly rental units, in the community near transit and within easy walking and biking distance to commercial services and parks.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (formerly Secondary Dwelling Units)
    Effective January 1, 2017, recently adopted state legislation supersedes the City's regulations for Secondary Dwelling Units. Project sites within the Coastal Zone are still subject to permitting requirements under the Coastal Act.
  • Local Coastal Program (LCP) Update
    The City’s Local Coastal Program, comprised of the Land Use Plan (LUP) and the Implementation Plan (IP), is being updated to address new and emerging issues. This planning effort is funded by a grant from the California Coastal Commission and public involvement is encouraged.
  • La Cumbre Plaza Planning Effort
    The City is considering options to guide the future redevelopment of La Cumbre Plaza. No formal action or development proposal is under consideration at this point.
  • General Plan Implementation and Adaptive Management Program (AMP) Reports
    Since 2013, annual General Plan Implementation and Adaptive Management Program (AMP) Reports have been prepared to report on General Plan implementation and provide an opportunity through adaptive management for timely policy implementation action adjustments.
  • New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)
    The City adopted the New Zoning Ordinance on July 25, 2017, and it became effective on October 1, 2017 outside of the coastal zone. In the coming months, a “clean-up” amendment will be processed, and subsequently, the New Zoning Ordinance will be submitted to the California Coastal Commission for certification and inclusion in the Local Coastal Program. The Zoning Ordinance establishes zone classifications, permitted uses, development standards, and permit process for land development and use.
  • Santa Barbara Wireless Facilities Ordinance
    The City of Santa Barbara is proposing to amend its Municipal Code regulations regarding Wireless Communication Facilities to reasonably regulate, to the extent permitted by California and federal law, the installation, operation, collocation, modification and removal of wireless facilities in the City of Santa Barbara.
  • Housing Element Implementation
    The 2015 Housing Element Update was unanimously adopted by the Santa Barbara City Council on February 10, 2015.
  • Short-Term Rentals
    All short-term (less than 31 consecutive days) residential rentals are prohibited in the City, unless they receive proper land use approvals and permits, as necessary.
  • Parcel Information Lookup
    Use this page to lookup information on a specific parcel by entering the address or the parcel number. You will find records of issued and open permits.
  • Residential Multi-Unit Objective Design Standards
    In response to California’s 2017 Housing Package legislation, the City is proposing to amend Municipal Code regulations and create objective aesthetic design standards for residential multi-unit projects.
Last Updated: Dec 3, 2014
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