The County issues two general types of permits: planning and building

planning permit allows a property owner to carry out a project on their parcel. A building permit allows the County to track the progress of project construction and implementation. 

There are many different subtypes of these two permits. If you have questions about what type of permit will be required for your project,  contact us.

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Planning Permit
Film Permits Plan Check
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Building Inspection
Accessory Dwelling Unit
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Applications & Forms Archived Permit
Permit Status


Additional Information and Links

Cannabis Application Status Lookup

Permitting Customer Satisfaction Survey

Outside Agency Contacts

Environmental Review

Plan Submittal Requirements

BAR Submittal Requirements 

Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Tool 

Smart Build Santa Barbara Program

Cumulative Projects List