Alisal Fire Rebuild and Repair Center

Rebuilding after a wildfire can often be challenging as owners navigate through the permitting process.  The County of Santa Barbara and the Planning and Development Department is committed to streamlining the rebuilding effort as much as possible within the current regulatory framework.

County Planning and Development Contacts

The County’s Planning and Development Department can you help navigate the rebuilding process.  For assistance, please contact:
Kimberley McCarthy, Supervising Planner
County Planning and Development Department
kheaton@countyofsb.org 
805-568-2005 
You may also contact the South County Zoning Information Counter at (805) 568-2090 or front@countyofsb.org.

Rebuilding Process

STEP 1: Debris Removal

Property owners are responsible for managing or removing any debris on their properties. Listed below are handouts and information on any steps you may need to take prior to debris removal, such as asbestos testing, and identifying and properly removing household hazardous materials and fire debris.

STEP 2: Planning Permits

A.   Determine the Type of Permit Needed:

“Like-for-Like”
If you would like to rebuild as “like-for-like” to match the previously existing, permitted structure, your project will likely:
♦ Be exempt from planning permits if in the inland portion of the County.
♦ Require a De Minimis Coastal Development Permit Waiver if the site is in the Coastal Zone, but is located outside of the California Coastal Commission Appeals jurisdiction.
An interior re-model that does not change the size or footprint of your structure may qualify for a “like-for-like” Planning Permit Exemption or De Minimis Coastal Development Permit Waiver. Planning and Development staff will work with you to determine which process your project falls under.

 

Substantial modifications to the design, size and footprint
If you would like to rebuild your damaged or destroyed permitted structure but would like to make substantial modifications to the design, size and footprint, your project will be required to go through our standard permitting process.
Coastal Zone properties – If your property is located in the Coastal Zone, your project will require a Coastal Development Permit.
Coastal Zone properties in the California Coastal Commission Appeals Jurisdiction – If your property is located in the Coastal Zone and within the California Coastal Commission Appeals Jurisdiction, your project will require a Coastal Development Permit Requiring A Public Hearing.
Inland Area properties – If your property is located in the Inland Area, your project will require a Land Use Permit.

B. If the structure(s) were not permitted prior to the Alisal Fire:

Planning and Development staff can provide you with options and direct you to the appropriate permitting process.

STEP 3: Submit Application and Building Plans

Once you have a Permit Exemption, De Minimis Waiver, or approved Planning permit, contact Planning and Development staff for assistance in submitting the appropriate application and plans.

STEP 4: Identify a Licensed Contractor

Contractors must hold a valid California contractor license in the appropriate classification to perform most work on homes and other structures damaged or destroyed in disasters. Unlicensed contractors often prey on survivors of disasters. Click here to learn how to protect yourself using CSLB’s resources, including the “Find My Licensed Contractor” and “License Check” features.

Interactive Map of Affected Properties

Click here to access the County Planning and Development Department’s interactive map of properties affected by the Alisal Fire.  This map is updated on a periodic schedule and should be used for informational purposes only.

Previously Approved Residential House Plans

Copies of previously approved residential house plans can may be found at the Architectural Archives, located at 415 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara 93110. The Architectural Archives are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm – 6:30pm, and you can contact the Architectural Archives at (805) 967-3639.

USDA Rural Development Home Repair Program

Loans and grants are available to repair homes and correct health and safety hazards in low-income rural communities, including homes impacted by the Alisal Fire. Funds can be used to address damage or issues related to roofing, heating/cooling, ADA showers, flooring, windows, septic tanks, sewage lines, water lines and gas tanks/lines connected to the home, amongst other repairs. Eligibility and program contact information available in this flyer.

Alisal Fire Rebuild and Repair FAQs

A: Yes. Reconstruction of your home or accessory structure(s) will need to comply with the current California Building Codes.
A: Submittal requirements may vary depending on each structure’s unique situation. Please contact Planning and Development Supervising Planner Kimberly McCarthy at 805-568-2005 or kheaton@countyofsb.org  to assess your submittal requirements.
A: Planning staff will help you establish the legality (built with permits) or nonconforming (built prior to permit requirements) status of the structure and assist you in determining your rebuild options and permit requirements depending on each structure’s status.

A: The zoning and building codes provide opportunities for additional housing including Ag Employee dwellings.

A: Submittal requirements may vary depending on each structure’s unique situation. A soils report may be required depending on the condition of the existing foundation. Owners are encouraged to contact Planning and Development Supervising Planner Kimberly McCarthy at 805-568-2005 or kheaton@countyofsb.orgto discuss the specific needs related to their rebuilding efforts.

A: Each structure’s situation is unique and the approval process may vary depending on each property’s situation. Owners are encouraged to contact Planning and Development Supervising Planner Kimberly McCarthy at 805-568-2005 or kheaton@countyofsb.org to discuss the specific review requirements related to their rebuilding efforts.

Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526
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Alisal Fire Recovery Information and Resources
Información y recursos de recuperación para el Incendio Alisal