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    The County of Santa Barbara assesses various fees on all Building permit applications. The fee schedule amounts reflect the current cost of providing permitting services and enforcing the related regulations and statutes governing Building and Safety permitting.

    Fee Schedules Effective July 1, 2018


    Land Development

    The County of Santa Barbara requires payment for all processing costs associated with the review of applications for permits for development and other uses of property as required by the County Zoning Ordinances. Planning and Development reviews each application and determines what permits or other approvals are required and how the California Environmental Quality Act and other state and local regulations apply.

    Fee Ordinance (Adopted April 2017)

    Fee Schedules Effective July 1, 2018*
    *In addition to the fees listed in the Planning Fee Schedule, fees for other departments may apply. Check with Planning & Development counter staff to determine total fee requirements.

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    Development Impact

    Under the authority of Government Code 66000 et seq. (AB 1600), which allows local jurisdictions to establish Land Development Fees, the County of Santa Barbara has adopted several fee programs to fund needed public infrastructure. Some of the established fee programs are imposed countywide, while others apply to specific geographical areas (e.g., community planning area) within the County. Development Impact Fees are 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* (Effective 07/01/2018)

    Goleta Planning Area (Effective 07/01/18)

    Orcutt Planning Area (Effective 07/01/18)

    *Does not include Goleta and Orcutt plannning areas.

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