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Santa Barbara Zoning Information

Santa Barbara County zoning regulations and policies are governed by two major written sources of authority. The first is primarily for inland land the second is for coastal land:

1. The Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code section of the Santa Barbara County Code sets forth zoning regulations for the entire Santa Barbara County and is the primary source for inland land use. These regulations are enacted based on the authority vested in the Santa Barbara County by the State of California.

Click here for a full downloadable version of the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code, updated October 2014.

2. The Santa Barbara County Article II Coastal Zoning Ordinance sets forth additional zoning regulations for land deemed to be in the “Coastal Zone” and is the primary source for coastal land use. These regulations are enacted by the California Coastal Commission.

Click here for a full downloadable version of The Santa Barbara County Article II Coastal Zoning Ordinance, updated April 2015.

Click here for a full downloadable version of The Santa Barbara County Zoning Map.

Most Common Zoning Categories for Our Featured Properties

AG-I: Agriculture I

Purpose:

1. The AG-I zone is applied to areas appropriate for agricultural use within Urban, Inner Rural, Rural (Coastal Zone only), and Existing Developed Rural Neighborhood areas, as designated on the Comprehensive Plan maps. The intent is to provide standards that will support agriculture as a viable land use and encourage maximum agricultural productivity.

2. Within the Coastal Zone, the AG-I zone is intended to designate and protect lands appropriate for long term agricultural use within or adjacent to urbanized areas and to preserve prime agricultural soils.

For details and allowable land uses of Agricultural Zones, refer to Chapter 35.21 of the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code (pages 39-47)

AG-II: Agriculture II

Purpose:

1. The AG-II zone is applied to areas appropriate for agricultural land uses on prime and non-prime agricultural lands located within the Rural Area as shown on the Comprehensive Plan maps. The intent is to preserve these lands for long-term agricultural use.

2. Within the Coastal Zone, the AG-II zone is intended to provide for agricultural land uses on large properties (a minimum of 40 to 320 acre lots) with prime and non-prime agricultural soils in the rural areas of the County, and to preserve prime and non-prime soils for long-term agricultural use.

For details and allowable land uses of Agricultural Zones, refer to Chapter 35.21 of the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code (pages 39-47)

U: Unlimited

The land has not yet been assigned a zone, but you still must receive a permit to make any improvements.

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