All SBPL locations will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

5/28-5/29: Central's Children's Library will be closed due to construction work.

5/21-7/14: Eastside Library will be closed due to construction work.

Central Library's Book Drops will reopen on June 10th. Please come inside or visit Montecito to return items.

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Contact Info

Business Tax Certificate
(License) Support
Telephone Hours
M-F: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
(877) 779-7222

Mailing Address
City of Santa Barbara, CA
c/o Avenu Insights & Analytics
373 East Shaw Avenue, Box 367
Fresno, CA 93710

Public Counter
City Hall, Accounts Receivable
735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Public Counter Hours
M-Th: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Alt. Fri: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Public Counter
Telephone Hours
(805) 564-5346
M-Th: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Alt. Fri: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Sidewalk Vending in Santa Barbara


On April 9, 2022, the City of Santa Barbara Sidewalk Vending Ordinance took effect to create a clear path of rules and regulations that allow for sidewalk vendors, stationary and roaming, to operate safely in the community while maintaining public access and public health. This will be a change for Santa Barbara, as most vending in the public right of way, parks and beaches was generally prohibited.

There are a select number of locations and conditions where sidewalk vending is prohibited. Please review the information guide and/or ordinance on the sidebar for directions.


3 Things You Need to Do Before Sidewalk Vending

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Once your completed application is processed, you will receive a business tax certificate. The business tax certificate must be displayed on cart and/or carried on person at all times vending is taking place.


Business Assistance

The Economic Development Collaborative Small Business Development Center (EDC SBDC), is a non-profit serving Santa Barbara County, that provides no cost, professional advisors that work one-on-one with business owners and entrepreneurs to help them start-up, grow and navigate today’s complex business environment.

EDC SBDC is currently taking phone and virtual appointments via Zoom. To schedule an appointment call (805) 409-9159, or go online to