The City’s Zoning Information Report (ZIR) program has been suspended as of July 23, 2019.
Pursuant to Santa Barbara Municipal Code (SMBC) Chapter 30.285 and §28.87.220, a Zoning Information Report (ZIR) is required for every transfer of residential property, with limited exceptions. Pursuant to direction from the City Council, the City Administrator suspended the ZIR program on July 23, 2019, and ZIRs are not required at this time.
On July 23, 2019, the City Council initiated a Zoning Text Amendment (Resolution No 19-055) to replace and re-enact the ZIR program with a City records disclosure law.
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on September 5, 2019 to review proposed zoning text amendments to the Zoning Information Report (ZIR) Program. With only minor text edits, the Planning Commission recommended that City Council approve the proposed amendments. The proposed changes would amend the Zoning Information Report Program to require only the disclosure of existing City Zoning and Building and Safety written records to residential real estate buyers prior to the sale of the property. Click here to review the Planning Commission Staff Report.
The City Council Ordinance Committee reviewed the draft Zoning Text Amendments at a public hearing on September 17, 2019 and recommended that City Council approve the amendments as proposed. Click here to review the Ordinance Committee agenda report.
The City Council will consider the proposed Zoning Text Amendments on September 24, 2019. The Council Agenda Report for that item will be posted on the City’s website on September 19, 2019.
Please refer to this page for more information as it becomes available.
If you have general questions about a ZIR completed prior to July 23, 2019, please contact the City’s Planning Counter at (805) 564-5578.
If you have general questions regarding permitted uses, the types of alterations/additions that could occur on your property, or what zoning regulations pertain to your property, please contact the City’s Planning Counter at (805) 564-5578. You can also obtain information regarding the City’s planning process by visiting the “Planning Central” web page.