132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone: (805) 564-5531
Fax: (805) 560-7580
Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rates and Fees
The following is a summary of rates and fees for Santa Barbara Harbor adopted by City Council Resolution and effective July 1, 2021. Contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531 for more information.
West Beach Permit Requirements & Restrictions
|West Beach Vessel Storage Requirements||
|Size Restrictions||Outriggers and rowing dories shall be no longer than forty-five (45) feet in length nor wider than seven (7) feet; Sailing outriggers shall be no longer than forty-five (45) feet in length nor wider than eighteen (18) feet; and sailboats shall be no longer than sixteen (16) feet nor wider than six (6) feet.|
Catamaran Beach Requirements & Restrictions
|Catamaran Beach Vessel Storage Requirements||Vessel registered owner completes application at the Waterfront Office on or after the first day of permit sales for the year or the annual permit sale. Registered owner presents current vessel registration and personal I.D. with application. Permit fee is paid. Vessel registration numbers are properly displayed on vessel. Valid Cat Beach permit sticker is affixed to vessel.|
|Size Restrictions||Catamarans shall be no longer than twenty-six (26) feet in length nor wider than thirteen (13) feet.|
|Other Restrictions||Catamarans must be placed within designated area only. No commercial activities allowed. Permits are non-transferable. Trailer storage not permitted on beach.|
|Item & Rate||# of Permits & Storage Racks / Season|
|Catamaran Beach Storage
$200 / Season
|65 permits issued (Catamarans)
1st Friday of April through October 31st
|West Beach Storage
$275 / Year
|51 permits issued for outriggers, sailboats, rowing dories, and surf skis)
Sold annually starting the 2nd Friday of March
|West Beach Storage Racks
$1,100 / Year
|6 permits issued (storage racks) each rack may hold a maximum of 8 single person, human-powered vessels
Sold annually starting the 2nd Friday of March
$50-$100 / 6 months
|80 permits issued
Sold semi-annually starting April 1st and October 1st
The City of Santa Barbara has been featured in a number of motion pictures, commercials, catalog shoots, and reality shows. From It's Complicated, Sideways, and Seabiscuit to The Amazing Race, Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Top Chef, Santa Barbara has served as the backdrop for a multitude of film/video productions due to our great variety of picture perfect locations to choose from and fantastic weather year-round.
The City of Santa Barbara offers a one-stop permitting process with the Parks and Recreation Department acting as the lead in issuing photo and film permits. Parks and Recreation staff coordinate as many internal logistics as possible among other City departments such as Police, Fire, Public Works, and Waterfront to help make your project a successful one.
Note that a photo and film/video permit is always required for any shoot, with the only exception being not-for-profit photo shoots occurring on private property, having no impact on the public.
The photo/film/video permit application can be found on the Santa Barbara County Film Commission website.
The following is a summary of rates and fees for Santa Barbara Harbor adopted by City Council Resolution and effective July 1, 2023.
Harbor Parking Lot
Single Vehicle: $3.00 Per Hour, or Any Part of an Hour, $18.00 Max. Per 24-Hours
Single Vehicle Non-Surrendered Ticket Fee: $54.00
Boat Trailer: $3.00 Per Hour, or Any Part of an Hour, $6.00 Max. Per 24-Hours
Non-Surrendered Boat Trailer Ticket Fee: $24.00
$3.50 Per Hour, or Any Part of an Hour, $35.00 Max. Per Day
Non-Surrendered Ticket Fee: $54.00
Self-Pay Parking Lots
Single Vehicle: $3.00 Per Hour, or Any Part of an Hour, $18.00 Max. Per Day
Oversized Vehicle: $6.00 Per Hour, or Any Part of an Hour, $36.00 Max. Per Day
Have a question? Contact Waterfront Parking Services at (805) 564-5523.
The Waterfront Department has had a slip assignment policy in place for decades in order to effectively manage the transfer of slips from one permittee to another. City Council first adopted a policy to manage slip permit transfers in 1975. Although there have been some changes over the years, the general foundation and intent of the policy has remained the same.
Below are documents pertaining to slip permit transfer policies.
1982 Report on Santa Barbara Trust Lands
1982 Grand Jury Report
1984 Grand Jury Report
1984 Response to Grand Jury Report
1990 Grand Jury Report
1990 Council Report of Grand Jury Report
1990 Response to Grand Jury Report
1999 Council Report Review of Slip Transfer Policy
2001 Grand Jury Report
2001 Response to Grand Jury Report
2008 DBW Survey of 10 CA Public Marinas
2016 Grand Jury Report
2020 Harbor Commission Slip Assignment Policy PowerPoint
2020 Harbor Commission Slip Assignment Policy Report
2021 SLC Family Additions Request Letter
2021 SLC Family Additions Response Letter
2021 Slip Assignment Policy Subcommittee PowerPoint