Chapter 35 Codes and Ordinances

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Each piece of property within the unincorporated portions of Santa Barbara County has been assigned a specific zone (e.g. residential, commercial, industrial) which describes the rules under which that land may be used. A development proposal must comply with the property's zone requirements, including but not limited to: it's permitted uses, density, setbacks, parking requirements, minimum lot size, etc. In addition, the Land Use and Development Code and zoning ordinances contain general regulations and permit regulations which further describe the way property may be developed and the conditions under which projects may be approved.

Please see the Comprehensive Plan Elements page for policies that apply to the county's resources. 

For regulations governing land division, please refer to the Chapter 21 - Land Division.

Chapter 35 Codes and Ordinances

The republished County and Montecito Land Use and Development Codes, effective January 9, 2020, implement zoning ordinance amendments adopted by the Board of Supervisors on December 10, 2019.  These amendments: (1) deleted the remaining uncertified regulations that applied solely within the Coastal Zone; (2) revised permit procedures for commercial telecommunications facilities pursuant to federal laws and rules; (3) added a new section regarding types of documents that can be recorded when required as conditions of approval; (4) removed expired or repealed sections of the codes; and (5) corrected a number of minor errors and omissions.  The hearing record of the amendments is available on the Board of Supervisors website.  

LUDC

This document applies to the unincorporated area of the County outside the Coastal Zone and the Montecito Planning Area. This document implements the Comprehensive Plan by classifying and regulating the uses of land, buildings and structures in the unincorporated areas mentioned above. This document also contains road naming and street addressing standards, as well as sign regulations.

35-2 MLUDC

This document implements the Comprehensive Plan and the Montecito Community Plan by classifying and regulating the uses of land, buildings and structures in those areas of Montecito located outside of the Coastal Zone. This document also contains road naming and street addressing standards, as well as sign regulations.

Article II - CZO

This ordinance is applicable to the unincorporated Coastal Zone and implements the Coastal Land Use Plan by classifying and regulating the uses of land, buildings, and structures in the Coastal Zone. This document also contains road naming and street addressing standards. 

Article VIII 

The purpose of this ordinance is to regulate the location and operation of sexually oriented businesses which, unless closely regulated, have serious secondary effects on the community.

Article IX 

This ordinance addresses deciduous oak tree removal in the inland rural areas if such removal is not associated with development that requires a permit under Section 35-1 and Section 35-2 of Chapter 35 of the County Code or Ordinance 661.

Article X. Medical Marijuana 


Ord. No. 5025, §1, adopted February 6, 2018, repealed the former section 35-1001 in its entirety, which pertained to purpose and authority, and derived from Ord. No. 4954, §1 adopted January 19, 2016.

Ordinance 661

Some rural lands are still classified under the zoning ordinance which preceded Section 35-1. However, many of the provisions of Ordinance 661 have been repealed and replaced by Section 35-1.