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Who Makes the Decision?

Who makes the decision?

    Project Type Decision Maker*   Appeal Body**
    Agricultural Preserve Contract or Cancellation BOS   None
    Conditional Certificate of Compliance ZA   BOS
    Coastal Development Permit (w/o hearing) P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Coastal Development Permit (w/ hearing) ZA***   PC & BOS
    Community Plans BOS   None
    Conditional Use Permit - Minor ZA   PC
    Conditional Use Permit - Major PC   BOS
    Conditional Use Permit - Amendment P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Design Review BAR   PC & BOS
    Development Plan - Preliminary P&D Director/ZA/PC   PC & BOS
    Development Plan Final P&D Director/ZA/PC   PC & BOS
    Development Plan - Amendment P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Emergency Permit P&D Director   None
    General Plan Amendment BOS   None
    Government Code Consistency PC   None
    Grading Permit P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Hardship Determination ZA   None
    Home Occupation Permit P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Land Use Permit P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Limited Exception Determination PC   BOS
    Local Coastal Program Amendment BOS   None
    Lot Line Adjustment ZA or PC   BOS
    Modification ZA   PC & BOS
    Nonconforming Status & Extent of Damage ZA   None
    Official Map BOS   None
    Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Plan PC   BOS
    Oil & Gas Abandonment & Removal Procedures P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Ordinance (Development Code) Amendments BOS   None
    Overall Sign Plan P&D Director/ZA/PC   PC & BOS
    Reclamation Plan & Surface Mining Permit PC or ZA   PC & BOS
    Reversion to Acreage BOS   None
    Rezone (Zoning Map Amendment) BOS   None
    Road Naming ZA***   PC
    Sign Certificate of Conformance P&D Director   PC & BOS
    Sign Modification ZA   PC & BOS
    Specific Plan BOS   None
    Tentative Parcel Map (4 lots or less) ZA (if CEQA exempt)   BOS
      PC (if not CEQA exempt)   BOS
    Tentative Tract Map (5 lots or more) PC   BOS
    Use Determination PC   BOS
    Variance ZA   PC
    Zoning Clearance P&D Director   None



    Acronyms
    BAR (Board of Architectural Review)
    BOS (Board of Supervisors)
    CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)
    MPC(Montecito Planning Commission)
    PC (Planning Commission)
    ZA (Zoning Administrator)


    Notes
    Within the coastal zone, appeals of ZA decisions are heard by the BOS

    *Within the Montecito Planning Area, where the PC or ZA is listed as the decision maker, the project will be heard by the MPC; where the BAR is listed as the decision maker, the project will be heard by the Montecito BAR.

    **Certain Coastal Zone decisions may be appealed to the Coastal Commission.

    ***P&D Director is the decision maker where the hearing requirement has been waived.



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