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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. 

The Local Coastal Program Coastal Land Use Plan was revised in 2019 effectively replacing the 1996 Harbor Master Plan. The Coastal Land Use Plan provides guidelines for coastal development and prioritized activities within the Harbor. The portions of the approved Harbor Master Plan that are still applicable have been incorporated as policies into the new Coastal Land Use Plan.

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Waterfront Events

Parade of Lights entry
Dec 11, 20223:00 - 7:00 PM
Santa Barbara Harbor Parade of Lights
On Sunday, December 11th, come enjoy one of Santa Barbara’s…
Operation Clean Sweep
May 6, 20238:00 - 11:30 AM
Operation Clean Sweep
Like a college student’s dorm room, the seafloor in a busy harbor can be…
Men check out reels
May 20, 20238:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Harbor Nautical Swap Meet Event
On Saturday, May 20th, the 15th Annual Harbor Nautical Swap Meet will attract…

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Waterfront 

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

Email: WFParking@SantabarbaraCA.gov

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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