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New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)

New Title 30 Adopted by Council, July 25, 2017 -  
Effective Date: October 1, 2017 (outside of the Coastal Zone) 
Existing Title 28 will remain effective in the Coastal Zone. 

Applicability within the Coastal Zone will follow certification by the California Coastal Commission, tentatively expected in late 2018/early 2019.

Link to complete, interactive Santa Barbara Municipal Code - Click Here

Important Notice for New and Pending ProjectsClick here

The City is updating its current Zoning Ordinance (Title 28 of the City’s Municipal Code) that establishes the zone classifications, permitted uses in the various zones, development standards and regulations, and the development review process. The zoning regulations affect land use, design, parcel size, building heights, density, setbacks, parking, landscaping, fencing and other aspects of property development and use.

The City’s current Zoning Ordinance was first adopted in 1957, and has been amended many times over the years.  At this time, a comprehensive update has been undertaken to bring it up to date to reflect current uses and practices.

At the end of the New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) process, the goal is to have an improved Zoning Ordinance that is:

  • Restructured and easier to understand
  • Modern and current
  • Flexible in administering the code, including staff administrative authority for minor items
  • Responsive to nonconforming situations 

In 2014, the City hired a consultant to assist with development of the NZO.  Between May 2015 and October 2016, three draft modules (1. Use Regulations; 2. Development Standards; and 3. Administration, Parking and Temporary Uses) were reviewed by the NZO Joint Committee (two Councilmembers and three Planning Commissioners) and the Planning Commission. The scope and schedule for the project can be viewed under the Reference Documents tab to the right.


There are no updates at this time. You are encouraged to check this website  ( to see how the NZO will affect your pending project and for information about upcoming meetings.

Upcoming Meetings Draft New Zoning Ordinance

For the location and times of these events, or to download the staff report and exhibits, click on the Public Meetings webpage link (right column, above). 

Last Meeting

At the public hearing before City Council on July 25, 2017, the City Council voted to adopt the Ordinance. To Stay Informed you are encouraged to check this website regularly for information about upcoming meetings and progress on the NZO.

To receive updates and notices, click here to create a "MySB Quick Subscriptions" Account. Scroll down to the Newsletters & Bulletins section and select "New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)" in the Newsletters & Bulletins section.

Your opinion is important. We want to hear from you. Please use this form to provide your feedback and comments.

Project Contact

This work effort is being conducted by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department in conjunction with a consultant and inter-departmental support.  The project contact is Danny Kato, Senior Planner.

Stay Informed

To receive updates and notices, click here to create a MySB Quick Subscriptions Account. Scroll down to the Newsletters & Bulletins section and select the New Zoning Ordinance Bulletin.

Your opinion is important. We want to hear from you. Please provide your feedback and comments using this convenient comments form.

Last Updated: Aug 1, 2019
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