Santa Barbara County Ordinances Archive

1883 – Present

Ordinances are laws adopted by the Board of Supervisors and generally amend, repeal, or supplement the County Code. Laws created by County Ordinance deal with a wide variety of County Government responsibilities and services including, but not limited to, public health and safety, public infrastructure, as well as zoning, housing and planning. This archive contains scanned copies of the original executed Ordinances as they were presented to the Board at the time of their adoption. All are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

This archive is presented for historical purposes only. Please refer to the current County Code of Ordinances for current law.

There are multiple ways to search this archive. You may search by ordinance number, by date (you may also select a range of dates), or by searching for a specific keyword. Please note that there are many ordinances passed each year, so your search may return a large number of results.

Please contact the Clerk of the Board should you have any questions or require assistance.

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The first ordinance (#1) was issued in 1883. As of January 2017, over 4,950 ordinances have been issued.

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