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Building & Safety Forms and Applications: A-Z Index

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Accela Citizen Access (ACA)
Accela Citizen Access (ACA) - How to Pay Invoiced Fees in ACA (905.7 KB)
Accela Citizen Access (ACA) - User Link Request Form (1.08 KB)
Accela Citizen Access (ACA) - Document Submittal Guide

*For submitting a Building Permit online, see Building Permit.

Accessibility - Project Cost Equal to or Less Than $170,466.00 (Year 2020)
Accessibility - Project Cost Greater Than $170,466.00 (Year 2020)
Accessibility – Project Cost Equal or Less than $186,172.00 (Year 2022)
Accessibility – Project Cost Greater than $186,172.00 (Year 2022)
Accessibility - Project Cost Equal or Less than $195,358 (Year 2023)
Accessibility - Project Cost Greater than $195,358 (Year 2023)
Accessibility – Project Cost Equal or Less than $200,399 (Year 2024)
Accessibility – Project Cost Greater than $200,399 (Year 2024)

Accessibility - Relief from Unreasonable Hardship Request Form (Fillable)(1.15 MB)
Accessibility - Unreasonable Hardship Information (113.2 KB)

ADU On-Site Notice Posting Instructions (83.6 KB)
ADU Preapproval Submittal Checklist
After-Hours Construction Work Request Guide (1.33 MB)
Air Pollution Control District (APCD) Clearance Form (Fillable)(157.7 KB)
Appeal Process
Asbestos Exception for Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Certification


Backwater Valve Requirements (241.3 KB)

Building Permit
Building Permit (BLD) Application
Building Permit Application Guide
Building Permit Extension Request (Fillable)(38.2 KB)
Building Permit Packet
Building Permit Revision Guide to Approved Plans

Building Permit - Plan Submittal Requirements
Project Plan Submittal Guide
Plan Submittal Requirements, Interior Demolition (30.8 KB)
Plan Submittal Requirements, As-Built Construction (132.5 KB)
* Exempt Residential Work (see Work Exempt from Permit)

Building Permit Submittals, Online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA)
Building Permit Submittals, Online - How to Create a Public User Account in ACA (654.8 KB)
Building Permit Submittals, Online   – How to Submit a Building Permit Application through ACA
Building Permit Submittals, Online - How to Resubmit Documents through ACA
*For paying fees, see Accela Citizens Access (ACA)


Code Modification or Alternate Request (Fillable)(144.2 KB)
Code Compliance for the City of Santa Barbara, 2019 (31.3 KB)
Construction Site Best Management Practices (BMP) Illustration (1.04 MB)
Construction Valuation Form (Fillable)(128.7 KB)
Credit Card Fax Payment Form 2020 (156.8 KB)


Due Process Rights (for Code Violations and Enforcement Cases) (26.8 KB)



Electric Vehicle (EV)
Electric Vehicle (EV) Checklist - Residential Dwellings (Fillable)(1.11 MB)
Electric Vehicle (EV) Checklist - Multi-Family Residential (568.6 KB)
Electric Vehicle (EV) Checklist - Non-Residential (581.6 KB)

Photovoltaic Systems (PV), Solar Energy
Photovoltaic Green(PV) System Requirements for AB2188 Expedited Review (61.6 KB)
Photovoltaic (PV) Fax Application (Fillable) (90.2 KB)
Photovoltaic (PV) Submittal Requirements PV in 1 or 2 Family Dwellings (148.8 KB)
Photovoltaic (PV) Standard Plan – Central/String Inverter System (Fillable) (853.6 KB)
Photovoltaic (PV) Standard Plan Microinverter and ACM Systems (Fillable)(642.4 KB)
Solar Energy System Review Process- SBMC Title 22, Excerpt Ch. 22.91 (71.4 KB)
Standard Electrical Load Calculations for Single Family Dwellings (Fillable)(399.1 KB)

Erosion Control
Erosion Control Detailed Best Management Practices (BMPs) (14.12 MB)
Erosion Control Simple Best Management Practices (BMPs) (2.33 MB)
Erosion Control Standard Best Management Practices (BMPs) (12.94 MB)
Erosion & Sedimentation Control Program (95.7 KB)


Fax Permit Application - For Roofing & Water Heaters (Fillable)(337.8 KB)

Fees for 7-1-17 thru 6-30-18 Building Permit Applications (1.16 MB)
Fees for 7-1-18 thru 8-18-19 Building Permit Applications (1.47 MB)
Fees for 8-19-19 thru 8-21-20 Building Permit Applications (1.55 MB)
Fees for 8-22-20 thru 6-30-21 Building Permit Applications(1.62 MB)
Fees for 7-1-21 thru 8-31-22 Building Permit Applications (1.62 MB)
Building Permit Fees effective 9-1-2022 through 8-31-23

Building Permit Fees effective 9-1-2023

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA Elevation Certificate Form 086-0-33 (Fillable)(122.3 KB)
FEMA Flood Map Change Questions Info (99.6 KB)
FEMA Floodproofing Certificate FF-206-FY22-153 (Formerly 086-0-34)
FEMA P-348 Protecting Building Utilities (8.83 MB)
FEMA P-758 SI-SD Desk Reference (9.39 MB)
FEMA P-936 Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings (40.79 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 00 User's Guide to Technical Bulletins (2.15 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 01 Openings in Foundation Walls and Walls of Enclosures (5.31 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 02 Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements (1.28 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 03 Non-Residential Floodproofing - Requirements and Certification (150.6 KB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 04 Elevator Installation (3.43 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 05 Free-of-Obstruction Requirements (8.56 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 06 Below-Grade Parking Requirements (111.8 KB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 07 Wet Floodproofing Requirements (5.45 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 08 Corrosion Protection for Metal Connectors in Coastal Areas (876.5 KB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 09 Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls (6.98 MB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 10 Ensuring That Structures Built on Fill Are Safe From Flooding (852.9 KB)
FEMA Technical Bulletin 11 Crawlspace Construction (2.66 MB)

Floodplain Management Ordinance 5832, 2018
Floodplain - Residential & Commercial Building Elevation Requirements (207.7 KB)
Forced Air Unit (FAU) Minimum Residential Requirements, 2019 (Fillable)(217.9 KB)


Green Building Code

Non-Residential Green Building Code All 3 Sheets, 2019 (1.12 MB)
Non-Residential Green Building Code SUPPLEMENTAL 2019 rev July 2021
Non-Residential Green Building Code CHECKLIST 2022 rev JAN-2023
Non-Residential Sealants Forms (1.03 MB)
Non-Residential Wood Forms (866.8 KB)
Non-Residential Coatings Forms (920.4 KB)
Non-Residential Flooring Forms (1.07 MB)

Residential Coatings Forms (768.5 KB)
Residential Flooring Forms (629.4 KB)
Residential Green Building Code Both Sheets, 2019 (688.3 KB)
Residential Green Building Code SUPPLEMENTAL 2019 rev July 2021
Residential Green Building Code CHECKLIST 2022 rev JAN 2023
Residential Handrails & Guards, 2022 (171.6 KB)
Residential Sealants Forms (723 KB)
Residential Wood Forms (793.1 KB)

Grading Self-Certification Form (289.8 KB)
Graywater Fact Sheet (301.7 KB)
Graywater System, A Guide to Permitting a Single Family Graywater System (54.8 KB)


High Fire Requirements 2019 Code (280.1 KB)


Inspection: Remote Video - Instructions (230 KB)


National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in California – Quick Guide (10.15 MB)


Owner/ Agent Authorization Form (887.8 KB)
Owner-Builder Disclosure Form (28.3 KB)


Parking Lot Repaving-Restriping Submittal Requirements (26 KB)
Permit Packet 
Permit Reinstatement, Renewal & Expiration Policy (31.1 KB)
Plans (see Building Permit)
Pool and Spa (Residential) Plan Submittal & Barrier Requirements (234 KB)
Procedure for Change in Use or Occupancy (110.8 KB)
PV Permits (see Electrical)


Seismic Upgrade, Residential
Seismic Upgrade, Residential - Plan Sheet 1, 2013 (1.04 MB)
Seismic Upgrade, Residential - Plan Sheet 2, 2013 (1.3 MB)
Signature & Stamp Authorization, Electronically Applied (Fillable)(25.4 KB)
Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Sensor Affidavit (135.6 KB)
Solar Energy (see Electrical)
Structural Observation Program Guide (Fillable)
Swimming Pool Draining Information (67.6 KB)
Swimming Pool Removal Requirements 2018 (Fillable)(188.2 KB)


Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) Instructions (89.7 KB)
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) Request Letter (fillable)(121.5 KB)
Trash and Recycling Enclosure Design Guide (948 KB)


Utility Clearance Form


Ventilation-Indoor, Minimum Best Practices Guide (ASHRAE 62.2) (639.7 KB)
Void Building Permit Form


Waste Generator Calculator
Windows - Prescriptive Window Replacement Requirements (228.2KB)
Work Exempt From Permit (13.7 KB)