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General Information

Pursuant to Santa Barbara Municipal Code (SMBC) Chapter 30.285 and section 28.87.220, a Zoning Information Report (ZIR) is required for every transfer of residential property, with limited exceptions (See Chapter 30.285
 or 28.87.220).

A ZIR is a copy of the records contained in the property’s official City Street and Planning files maintained by the City’s Community Development Department, excluding any plans.

Within seven days of entering into an agreement of sale of any residential property, a residential property owner or their authorized agent is required to provide a copy of the ZIR to the buyer. These documents can be accessed, viewed, downloaded and printed electronically at the following link: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/services/planning/cdprd.asp.

If you desire the City to provide an electronic copy of the Street and Planning files via email or ShareFile, you may submit a request via email to:  CDRecords@SantaBarbaraCA.gov. The following information must be included in the email:

  • Clearly state that the request is for a Street file and/or a Planning file to be sent electronically
  • The street address of the property

Requests for paper copies of the Street and/or Planning files need to be made in person at the Records Counter located at 630 Garden Street in Santa Barbara. Duplication fees established by City Council will apply for paper copies of the records.

The City will strive to provide the ZIR (either in an electronic or paper format) within 10 business days of receiving the request. Additional time may be necessary if copies project/archive plans are requested. 

Please note: The ZIR is not required to contain a copy of any development/building plans associated with improvements on a property. Neither the archive plans nor the project-related discretionary review plans (i.e., tentative subdivision maps, coastal development permit, modification, and other development plans) are available to view through the City’s website. To view and/or request copies of the City’s archive plans, please contact Records Counter staff in person or via phone to schedule an appointment. The Records Counter is located at 630 Garden Street in Santa Barbara or can be reached at (805) 564-5485.

General Zoning Information

If a property owner or potential buyer has general questions regarding zoning regulations that pertain to a particular property or the types of alterations/additions that could occur a particular 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.

The City Council Ordinance Committee will review the proposed Zoning Text Amendments at a public hearing scheduled for September 17, 2019.  The Council Agenda and Report for the September 17, 2019 Ordinance Committee meeting will be posted on the City’s website on September 12, 2019.
The City Council Ordinance Committee will review the proposed Zoning Text Amendments at a public hearing scheduled for September 17, 2019.  The Council Agenda and Report for the September 17, 2019 Ordinance Committee meeting will be posted on the City’s website on September 12, 2019.
Last Updated: Nov 5, 2019
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