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Contact Info

(805) 564-5346 Tel.
(805) 897-1978 Fax

Telephone Business Hours
M-Th: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Alt. Fri: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Public Counter Hours
M-Th: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Alt. Fri: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Billing / Cashier
City Hall, Business Office
735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Mailing Address
Business Licensing
City of Santa Barbara
P.O. Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102


Utility Users Tax


Utility Users Tax (UUT) is a general tax levied on the use of residential and commercial utility services, including water, refuse, electric, and natural gas.

Utility Users Tax Rate = 6%

Telecommunications Utility Users Tax (Telecommunications UUT) is a general tax levied on telephone, cellular, VoIP, video, and cable television services. Measure G, establishing the tax on all telecommunications services, was passed by voters in November, 2008. The current rate became effective for all utility billings on or after April 1, 2009.

Telecommunications Utility Users Tax = 5.75%

Both the regular Utility Users Tax and the Telecommunications Utility Users Tax are billed by utility providers on the monthly billings and then remitted to the City by the 20th of the following month.

Note that utility providers must obtain a Business License Tax Certificate as a result of conducting business within the city limits.

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