Legal Holiday


In abundance of caution and in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Planning and Development Department is closing the public service counters at the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria locations until FURTHER NOTICE. The Department is committed to continuing to provide public services during this time. Read the NOTICE...

Building Submittal Process During Counter Closure

Click here for instructions on how to submit plans for review during the Building and Safety permit counter closure.

ADU Example

New State Accessory Dwelling Unit laws in effect in the Inland Area

On January 1, 2020, new State ADU and JADU laws went into effect and caused the County's Inland Area ADU ordinances to become null and void. Until the County adopts new ADU ordinances, the County must process ADU and JADU applications pursuant to the new State laws. To learn more, please visit the ADU Ordinance Amendments project page or the ADU/JADU Permit Process page.


Electronic Plan Review

Building and Safety division is now accepting plans and design documents in PDF format for all submittals. Final approvals will be issued on a hard copy of digitally approved plans. Learn more...

Zoning Map

Find My Zoning Online

Planning and Development has created a new resource to assist property owners in determining the specific zone and land use designation for their property. This interactive map is located here .