On August 1, 2018, the City entered into an agreement with Revenue and Cost Specialists (RCS) to perform a comprehensive Land Development Team fee study. RCS and City staff analyzed user fees for the City’s land development process. The study identifies the total cost of providing each service, including development review, design review, zoning review, building permit, engineering, transportation, inspection, code enforcement, and administrative fees. The analysis included an evaluation of staff involved during all stages of project review, time estimates, development of fully burdened hourly rates, citywide overhead, and the calculation of a full cost recovery fee.
A Zoning Information Report (ZIR) is a copy of the records contained in the property’s official City Street and Planning files maintained by the City’s Community Development Department, excluding any plans. A ZIR is required for every transfer of residential property, with limited exceptions pursuant to Santa Barbara Municipal Code (SMBC) Chapter 30.285 and section 28.87.220.
Within seven days of entering into an agreement of sale of any residential property, a residential property owner or their authorized agent is required to provide a copy of the ZIR to the buyer. These documents can be accessed, viewed, downloaded and printed electronically from the City's website.
If you would like an electronic copy of the Street and Planning files via email or ShareFile, you may submit a request via email to: CDRecords@SantaBarbaraCA.gov. The following information must be included in the email:
Requests for paper copies of the Street and/or Planning files need to be made in person at the Records Counter located at 630 Garden Street in Santa Barbara. Duplication fees will apply for paper copies of the records.
The City strives to provide the ZIR within 10 business days of receiving the request. Additional time may be necessary if copies project/archive plans are requested.
NOTE: The ZIR is not required to contain a copy of any development/building plans associated with improvements on a property. Neither the archive plans nor the project-related discretionary review plans (i.e., tentative subdivision maps, coastal development permit, modification, and other development plans) are available to view through the City’s website.
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tel. (805) 963-0611
City of Santa Barbara, PO Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990
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