Bag Ordinance

Annual Reports: All stores must submit their annual report online.


In 2014 the City of Santa Barbara implemented its Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance (full text). The ordinance prohibits certain stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at the point of sale and requires a 10-cent charge for each paper bag provided to customers. The 10-cent charge on paper bags may be retained by stores for use in complying with the ordinance.


The What and Whys

Who does the ordinance apply to?

All stores in Santa Barbara that sell a line of groceries must complete self-certification. Store owners and managers can learn more here.

Shopper can expect to be offered a paper bag or heavy-duty reusable plastic bag for 10 cents in any store that sells groceries.