Project Title:Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment
Case Number: 17ORD-00000-00005
Project Location:Inland Area, Land Zoned Agricultural-I and Agricultural-II
Assigned Staff and Division:

Julie Harris, Long Range Planning Division

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On April 9, 2019, the County Board of Supervisors approved the Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment.  The new regulations took effect on May 9, 2019.


The Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment project amended the Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) to allow and exempt hoop structures and shade structures that are 20 feet or less in height on agriculturally-zoned lands in the inland areas of the unincorporated County of Santa Barbara.  Some limitations apply, and permits are required for taller structures. See Section 35.42.140 of the LUDC

The project did not amend regulations within the Coastal Zone, where permits are required (Article II Coastal Zoning Ordinance).

Advisory Update

A lawsuit filed by the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis, Inc. challenging the County's adoption of the ordinance and certification of the accompanying Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was decided by the Court on October 13, 2020. The Court upheld the County's adoption of the ordinance and certification of the FEIR. The plaintiff did not file an appeal of the decision. Therefore, the provisions of the ordinance remain in full effect.


Board of Supervisors

April 9, 2019 - Agenda and Materials

County Planning Commission 

January 30, 2019  - Agenda - Action Letter


Adopted Ordinance Amendment

Final Environmental Impact Report

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