Project Title:Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment
Case Number: 17ORD-00000-00005
Project Location:Inland Area, Land Zoned Agricultural-I and Agricultural-II
Assigned Staff and Division:

Julie Harris, Long Range Planning Division

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On April 9, 2019, the County Board of Supervisors approved the Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment.  The new regulations took effect on May 9, 2019.


The Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment project amended the Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) to allow and exempt hoop structures and shade structures that are 20 feet or less in height on agriculturally-zoned lands in the inland areas of the unincorporated County of Santa Barbara.  Some limitations apply, and permits are required for taller structures. See Section 35.42.140 of the LUDC

The project did not amend regulations within the Coastal Zone, where permits are required (Article II Coastal Zoning Ordinance).


The Board of Supervisors adopted the Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment on April 9, 2019. The ordinance is now in effect in the Inland areas of the County. The ordinance does not apply to projects located within the Coastal Zone. On May 9, 2019, the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis, Inc. filed a lawsuit challenging the County's adoption of the ordinance and certification of the accompanying Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). No timeframe currently exists for adjudicating the lawsuit, and the outcome of the lawsuit is unknown. The Court could uphold the County's actions or it could suspend implementation of the ordinance, vacate adoption of the ordinance, and/or de-certify the FEIR. Therefore, using hoop structures and shade structures pursuant to the exemption, or proceeding with a permit application for hoop structures and shade structures, in the Inland areas of the County under the Hoop Structures Ordinance Amendment is at the applicant's risk until the Court renders a final decision in the lawsuit.


Board of Supervisors

April 9, 2019 - Agenda and Materials

County Planning Commission 

January 30, 2019  - Agenda - Action Letter


Adopted Ordinance Amendment

Final Environmental Impact Report

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