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Santa Barbara City Government

Santa Barbara City Government is an organization dedicated to serving the people of our community.

In the Government section of the City web site you will find useful information about your boards and commissions, laws, city budget, employment, and contact information so that you can get in touch and communicate with those who serve you.

Santa Barbara is not only a beautiful place to live, we are also fortunate to have an abundance of activities, employment opportunities, and resources at our disposal.

Our temperate year-round weather provides an abundance of sports and recreation opportunities. eRecreation allows you to signup for Parks and Recreation activities online. We invite you to click on the eRecreation Quick Link and see if there isn't some activity or sport that might pique your interest.

This section of web site is set aside to assist residents in finding popular city services, forms and handouts, information about your community and neighborhoods. These pages are an introduction to some of the things both newcomers and long-time residents may find useful.

Santa Barbara is host to a myriad of diverse businesses. The City of Santa Barbara is dedicated to developing and maintaining excellent relationships with all of the businesses in our community. Strong businesses build a strong community.

In this section you will find information about permits, inspections, transportation, recycling, and information about how to do business with the City and how the City can help your business.

If you are entertaining the idea of starting a business in Santa Barbara, you will find demographic information, building, zoning, inspections, and safety information vital to nurturing a new or growing business.

Information for new businesses operating in the City of Santa Barbara

Business License Tax Application


Lookup feature lists most businesses that hold a current City Business License.
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Information for businesses with a current business license that wish to make changes, or need renewal information.
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License and permit requirements for technicians and establishments.
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License and permit requirements for taxicab companies and independent drivers offering taxicab or pedicab services in the City of Santa Barbara.
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Information for Companies interested in conducting business in the City of Santa Barbara.
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Information on permits required on certain business activities in conjunction with a current business license.
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Information for Hotel, Bed & Breakfast and Short-Term Vacation Rental Operators that collect, report and pay Transient Occupancy Tax on behalf of the City of Santa Barbara.
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Information for Utility Providers that collect, report, and pay Utility Users Tax on behalf of the City of Santa Barbara.
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