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Building Counter
(805) 564-5485 x4371
(805) 564-5476 Fax

Division Manager

Tina Dye, CBO
Chief Building Official
(805) 564-5553


Building & Safety


What We Do

  • Building Counter & Plan Review provides guidance for the public and staff for all types of building related issues including preparing and issuing building permits. They review engineering and architectural plans for compliance with state laws, ordinances and health and safety codes.
  • Building Inspection and Code Enforcement perform building inspections for compliance with approved plans, design review details, and conditions. They also investigate in response to citizen and other agency reports of sub-standard and/or dangerous structures. This team also provides technical assistance in assessing the safety of structures following a disaster.
  • Records & Archives provide cashiering services for all Land Development transactions. They coordinate and provide for the imaging, storage, archival and accessibility of Community Development Property Records for the community and staff in adherence with State laws and City Council policies.

Effective January 1, 2023, the City of Santa Barbara will be adopting and amending by reference the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code; and 2022 Editions of the following California Codes: Building Code, Volumes 1 and 2; Residential Code; Electrical Code; Plumbing Code; Energy Code; Historical Building Code; Existing Buildings Code; Green Buildings Standards Code; 2022 Edition of the California Referenced Standards Code; and adopting local revisions to the codes.       

Booth Spaces Available to Local Artisans
Become a part of the Arts and Crafts Show just in time for the holiday season. Display your products to visitors and locals on Cabrillo Boulevard at the City's weekly open-air market every Sunday. Artisans must be residents of the County…
October 4, 2022
Library Art Show
The Library’s Art Show, Through Many Windows: A World Reimagined, is available to view at the Central Library throughout the month of October.  Inspired by this year’s SB Reads title, The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, local artists were able…
October 4, 2022
Eight New Police Officers Sworn In
Chief Kelly Gordon swore in eight new police officers last week, including six academy graduates and two lateral officers. Many of these new officers are Santa Barbara County natives and come from law enforcement families. The six academy…
October 4, 2022
Thousand Steps Reopened After Safety Repairs and Improvements
Thousand Steps has reopened after a six-month closure. During that time, the City Parks and Recreation Department made significant safety repairs and improvements to the popular landmark, which serves as one of three public beach access…
October 4, 2022
Stearns Wharf to Celebrate 150th Birthday
To celebrate the 150th birthday of Stearns Wharf, a grand birthday bash is planned for Saturday, October 8. This iconic structure will be honored with cannon battles, an opera performance, and live music. The celebration also features a…
October 4, 2022
Updating the Landscape Design Standards for Water Conservation
As a valued member of the Santa Barbara design community, we invite you to share your input on the proposed revisions to the City’s…
October 4, 2022
Santa Barbara Design Standards Work Group Meeting #4
To encourage more housing in Santa Barbara and respond to changes in State Law, new design standards are being created for multi-unit housing to make the design review process more predictable and easier to understand while meeting the…
October 3, 2022
City of Santa Barbara Advisory Group Recruitment Underway
The Fall 2022 Advisory Group recruitment period is open! The City is seeking individuals to fill vacancies on our Community Development Advisory Boards including the: - Architectural Board of Review - Building and Fire Code Board of…
October 3, 2022
Housing Santa Barbara Day 2022
The City will be speaking about the Affordable Ownership Program at Housing Santa Barbara Day. Over 30 community agencies and service providers will be on hand in De la Guerra Plaza on Saturday, October 8. The free event also features…
September 27, 2022
Cabrillo Pavilion and Cabrillo Ball Park Receive Awards for Community Beautification
Local nonprofit Santa Barbara Beautiful recently recognized two City properties during the organization's 58th annual Awards Gala. The newly renovated Cabrillo Pavilion received the coveted President's Award, for its outstanding…
September 27, 2022
Public Meetings for Castillo Street Undercrossing Planning Effort
The City is developing a design for bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements at the approaches to the Castillo Street undercrossing at U.S. Highway 101 on Castillo and Haley Streets. Castillo Street is one of the busiest streets in the…
September 27, 2022
WATCH: City Launches New Video Series “City Connection”
With a continued focus on improving communication, prioritizing transparency, and modernizing its approach to connecting and relaying information, the City has launched a new, social-media friendly video series called
September 27, 2022
NOTICE: Public Meeting about Castillo Undercrossing Planning Effort
Please join us online or in person to learn about the Castillo Street Undercrossing Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Improvements Planning Effort.  The online meeting will be held on Zoom on
September 26, 2022
Upcoming Council Hearing on Short-Term Rental Permitting Framework
At the September 27th, 2022 City Council hearing, Council will provide direction on a future short-term rental permitting program and consider directing staff to draft a short-term rental permitting ordinance for review by the Planning…
September 21, 2022
Construction Update for September of 2022:
Construction on the 900 block of Alisos Street (between Canon Perdido and De La Guerra Streets) is scheduled to start the week of September 19, 2022, and will take place for approximately 15 days for the Eastside Community Paseos Project.…
September 21, 2022
2023-2024 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing: Community Development and Human Services Committee Meeting
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the City of Santa Barbara will hold a needs assessment Public Hearing in preparation for development of its 2023-2024 Annual Action Plan. During the hearing the City will also review its performance of program…
September 20, 2022
Christopher Hastert Named Airport Director
The City has named Christopher Hastert as Airport Director for the Santa Barbara Airport. Mr. Hastert comes to the Airport with more than 30 years of airport and airport management experience, including military aviation experience. He…
September 20, 2022
Venue Discounts Offered To Local Residents And Nonprofits
Looking for a place to host your holiday party or year-end meeting? The Parks and Recreation Department offers discounts on venue rentals to all City residents and nonprofits. Available venues include beachfront properties, historic…
September 20, 2022
Water Trees Where it Counts
Many trees in our climate should be watered, even in years when we’re getting enough rain. However, during times of drought, street trees and trees in our gardens need a little extra help. Actions such as watering at the drip line of the…
September 20, 2022
State Street Job Fair
Job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with over 50 employers with immediate openings at the State Street Job Fair. Those looking for a new career are encouraged to come to State Street's 700 and 800 block between Ortega and…
September 20, 2022
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Staff Contacts

Tina Dye, CBO
Chief Building Official
(805) 564-5485 Ext. 5553

Emil Dilanian
Code Compliance (Enforcement) Supervisor
(805) 897-2567

Tim Dunn
Building & Safety Inspection and
Plan Check Supervisor
(805) 564-5588

Brenda Nielsen
Administrative Clerical Supervisor,
Records and Archives
(805) 897-2653

Jose P. Barajas
Building & Safety Plan Check Supervisor
(805) 564-5566

Chris Short
Senior Plan Check Engineer/Flood Plain Coordinator
(805) 564-5551

Senior Plans Examiner

Jimmy Martinez
Senior Plans Examiner 
(805) 897-2528

Pete Mikelson
Senior Building Inspector - Specialty/QSP
(805) 897-2505

Senior Building Inspector - Code Enforcement

Senior Building Inspector - Electrical Specialist

Michael Rubin
Senior Building Inspector - Plumbing/Mechanical Specialist
(805) 897-1943

Plans Examiner

Raven Rutledge
Plans Examiner
(805) 560-7532

Ed Cateriano
Building Inspector
(805) 564-5598

Timo Rodriguez
Building Inspector
(805) 897-2529

Sam Blackwell
Building Inspector
(805) 564-5548

Brian Kircher
Building Inspector
(805) 564-5580

Teresa Sjoting
Planning Technician I
(805)564-5470 x 4563

Celia Lennon
Planning Technician II
(805)564-5470 x 4549

Sebastian Herics
Building Permit Technician
(805) 560-7566

Terry Lombardi
Building Permit Technician
(805) 564-5567

Dunja Sawka (DJ)
Building Permit Technician
(805) 897-2602

Makayla Davis
Office Specialist II
(805) 897-2670