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Expedited Plan Review for Small Rooftop Residential Solar Energy Systems. The Santa Barbara County Building and Safety Division is offering 10 days expedited plan review for qualified, small roof-mounted residential rooftop solar energy systems. To determine if your project qualifies for this expedited process, additional information is available here...
New Regulations Restrict Irrigation. On April 1, 2015 Governor Brown issued an Executive Order to reduce irrigation with potable (drinking) water on new and rehabilitated landscapes. The Executive Order is being implemented through the State Green Building Code and the County’s Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance and Residential Water Authorization Supplemental Applications. The new standards went into effect on June 1, 2015. All landscape plans must comply with the most stringent applicable regulations regarding irrigation.
New ePV Permit Application Process. Starting December 1st we are offering a new email plan submittal service for roof mounted Photovoltaic systems limited to 10 kW ac power or less. Once an account for billing is approved. A contractor can submit 11x17 plans via email to rmpvpermits@countyofsb.org for our review and approval. The approved and stamped plans will then be emailed back to the applicant for construction within approximately 10 business days. Application package downloaded here...
Water Availability & Permit Issuance
Water Availability & Permit Issuance. Planning and Development has issued a memorandum regarding additional water-related requirements prior to approval of a zoning permit for development during the remainder of the declared state and local drought conditions. Read the memorandum.

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