Project Title:Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Ordinance Amendments
Case Number: 16-ORD-00000-00014, 16-00000-00015, 16-ORD-00000-000016                               
Project Location:Countywide Program
Assigned Staff and Division:

Jessi Steele, Long Range Planning Division



On August 14, 2018, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the proposed accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance amendments. The County Land Use and Development Code (LUDC), Montecito LUDC (MLUDC), and Santa Barbara County Uniform Rules for Agricultural Preserves and Farmland Security Zones (Uniform Rules) amendments went into effect in the Inland Area on September 13, 2018.

In Fall 2018, staff submitted the Article II, Coastal Zoning Ordinance (Article II) amendment to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) as a Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA). On March 7, 2019, the CCC conditionally certified the ADU LCPA with suggested modifications, and on May 21, 2019, the Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted the CCC's modifications. The CCC certified the ADU LCPA at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at which time the Article II and Uniform Rules amendments went into effect in the Coastal Zone.

For general, application-specific or permit-related questions, please contact one of our Zoning Counters:

 North County Zoning Counter: (805) 934-6251

South County Zoning Counter: (805) 568-2090

Please include name, contact information, and a detailed question with all emails and voice messages.


In 2017 and 2018, Planning and Development Department staff prepared amendments to the LUDC (Case No. 16-00000-00014), the MLUDC (Case No. 16-00000-00015), and Article II (Case No. 16-00000-00016) in response to revisions to Government Code Section 65852.2 regarding the permitting and regulating of ADUs. Staff also prepared amendments to the Santa Barbara County Uniform Rules for Agricultural Preserves and Farmland Security Zones (Uniform Rules) to allow ADUs on lands subject to agricultural preserve contracts. 


California Coastal Commission

June 12, 2019

County Board of Supervisors

May 21, 2019

California Coastal Commission

March 7, 2019

County Board of Supervisors

August 14, 2018

County Agricultural Preserve Advisory Committee

June 1, 2018

County Planning Commission

March 28, 2018

January 31, 2018

Montecito Planning Commission

January 3, 2018

County Board of Supervisors

September 12, 2017

County Planning Commission

June 7, 2017

Montecito Planning Commission

May 17, 2017

April 12, 2017

March 22, 2017


Zoning Code Amendments (Folder)

September 4, 2018 Santa Ynez Valley Realtors Association presentation. 

October 25, 2018 AIASB presentation.

Additional Information

We welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions or questions you may have throughout all stages of this project. Please contact the Long Range Planning Division via email. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming activities regarding the Accessory Dwelling Units Project.