• As a result of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster designation due to drought the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declared the counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and the contiguous counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura disaster areas. 

    For more information on how to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans follow this link: www.sba.gov/disaster

    For more information on how to apply for Emergency Farm Loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency follow this link: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=efl

  • The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will hold its budget hearing beginning at 9 a.m. June 8, and June 10 if needed. The public is encouraged to follow the virtual proceedings via the County's website, YouTube and on cable TV channel 20.  For public participation during the pandemic, please refer to Important Notice Regarding Public Participation. Review budget hearing documents and the FY 2021-22 Recommended Budget

  • The Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission has a new website! Check it out and bookmark the site to return at any time for ongoing updates and meeting notices.

  • Hear from County Public Health Experts: Things are looking brighter as we move to state's Orange Tier, and say 'yes' to the vaccine. Read More

  • April 1: Update on the Cannabis Retail Storefront Application Process: The list of preliminary ranked storefront retail locations by Community Plan Area (CPA) is posted online.

  • The County is seeking public input on recreation needs, including parks, trails, open spaces, and recreational facilities such as sports fields and courts, as it develops a countywide Recreation Master Plan. Learn More and Take our Survey

  • On any given night in the county, more than 150 Veterans are experiencing homelessness. To reduce homelessness among Veterans, the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care and local stakeholders launched a 100-Day Challenge. Read more here

  • Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Rental Assistance Grant Program NOW AVAILABLE. Read more at https://www.unitedwaysb.org/rent. Programa de subvenciones de asistencia de alquiler AHORA DISPONIBLE. Para obtener más información y presentar una solicitud, visite unitedwaysb.org/es/rent

  • The County of Santa Barbara has begun providing Spanish interpretation of Board of Supervisors meetings. Read More

    El Condado de Santa Bárbara ha comenzado a ofrecer interpretación en español de las reuniones de la Junta de Supervisores. Más información

  • The County of Santa Barbara is announcing the launch of the One Climate Initiative to engage the public on a broad range of efforts that will reduce carbon emissions, prepare for increased climate impacts and improve community quality of life. Learn more here

  • UPDATED June 23 - COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TEMPORARY CHANGES IN SERVICE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC - County public counters are closed until further notice. However, most departments have online, mail, fax, phone and drop boxes for the public to continue accessing programs and services. Please read for details or visit the department websites that are each linked.

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