Our mission is to provide the community with a quality Waterfront for recreation and commercial use, along with mooring and landside services for boating. Approximately 252 acres of tidelands and submerged lands is managed by the Department. The area encompasses the Harbor and Stearns Wharf. Different from most City departments, Waterfront is an Enterprise Fund and operates from revenues generated from the lands we manage. Tenant rents, boat fees, parking fees, and other sources are put back into improvements and services, such as, preventative maintenance, capital improvements, parking services, staffing, public safety, slip and visitor boat services, special events, public education and more. 

Our Harbor Master Plan establishes guidelines and goals for programs, projects, and operations for Santa Barbara Harbor and can be found here: Harbor Master Plan.


Waterfront Events

Wharf and City from Sunset
Oct 8, 2022All day
Stearns Wharf 150th Anniversary
Stearns Wharf is more than a nice place to watch boats or fish, it’s a…
Family holds up crabs
Oct 15, 202210:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Harbor & Seafood Festival
Celebrate Santa Barbara Channel’s bounty and the fishermen who harvest it at…
Parade of Lights entry
Dec 11, 202212:00 - 9:00 PM
Santa Barbara Harbor Parade of Lights
On Sunday, December 11th, come enjoy one of Santa Barbara’s…

Harborcam Livestream

Harbor Commission

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Contact Us


132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Office Hours
Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (805) 564-5531
Fax: (805) 560-7580

Waterfront Parking Services

132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (805) 564-5523
Fax: (805) 560-7580


Santa Barbara Harbormaster’s Office

132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Phone: (805) 564-5530
Fax: (805) 897-2588

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