Planning and Development assesses fees for all land development applications pursuant to a fee ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors.  The fee ordinance and the various schedules are available here:

           Fee Ordinance 4991 (adopted April 2017)

           Building Permit Fees (effective July 1, 2021)

           Film Permit Fees (effective July 1, 2021)

           Petroleum Unit Fees (effective July 1, 2021)

           Planning Land Development Fees** (effective July 1, 2021)

           Other County Department Planning Fees** (effective July 1, 2021)

    Fee Ordinance 5118 Telecommunication Tier 2A Fee Cap (adopted October 6, 2020)

**Note:  Other County Department or Agency fees may apply.  Click here for a spreadsheet of other departmental fees that may apply.  Check with Planning and Development counter staff to determine total fee requirements if you are unsure. 


Planning and Development partners with ACI Payments, Inc. to process online payments via credit cards and electronic checks.  We now accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover as valid credit card payments.  Electronic checks are also accepted online.  Online transactions are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per transaction and are subject to service fees collected by ACI Payments, Inc.  Click here for additional information.

Note:  Online payments of fees are NOT available for Cannabis related permits at this time.


Government Code 66000 et seq. (AB 1600) authorizes local jurisdictions to establish Development Impact Mitigation Fees (DIMFs) to fund necessary public infrastructure.  The County of Santa Barbara has adopted several DIMF programs.  Some of the established programs are imposed Countywide, while others apply to specific geographical areas within the County (e.g. community planning area).  DIMFs are generally imposed on new development to pay for their fair share of the construction costs associated with added public infrastructure (roads, parks, library, etc) needed to serve the development.  

         Countywide DIMFs (effective July 1, 2021)

         Goleta Planning Area DIMFs (effective July 1, 2021)

         Orcutt Planning Area DIMFs (effective July 1, 2021)


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