Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Santa Barbara now on the U.S. Small Business Administration List?
    • Yes, as of March 19 Santa Barbara County is now on the list.  Please choose Economic Injury Program
  • Southern California Edison (SCE) Has SCE decided to waive our monthly bill if we don’t have the money to pay for it?
    • On the SCE website, it states “We’re temporarily suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees by request.”  SCE encourages customers to contact the SCE Customer Contact Center and obtain information on their website or call 1-800-950-2356.
  • Assistance with Rent How do I get assistance with my rent?
    • You might want to explain your situation with your landlord and request to defer your payment
    • The County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance on March 24, 2020 to temporarily prohibit and suspend evictions until May 31, 2020.  Click here for more details.
  • Statewide Stay-at-Home Order
  • Property Tax
    • Property Tax Collection the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors (CACTTC) cannot change the April 10 deadline for the Second Installment of Property Taxes because critical county services, school and local financial obligations are dependent on those scheduled revenues although they can waive penalties, costs or other charges resulting from tax delinquency due to reasonable cause and circumstances due to COVID-19.  Payments must be made/postmarked before April 10.  Visit the local Treasurer and Tax Collectors website for more information at
  • Independent Contractor/Self-Employed/Business Owner If I am an independent contractor, self-employed or a business owner, can I apply for unemployment due to COVID-19?
    • As an independent contractor or if you are self-employed you may have benefits from the California State Employment Development Department (EDD) employment insurance programs.  Visit the EDD website for more information.
    • The program is called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).  Because PUA is brand new, the State is still creating the system, forms, process, and procedures.  EDD just announced on their PUA website that it will be accepting applications for this program on Tuesday, April 28.  Please continue to visit the EDD PUA website often for updates.
    • If you’ve already applied and have been denied or continually see a zero balance, continue to check back to the EDD PUA website for updates.
  • Immediate Funding Relief How can I get immediate funding to help my business?
    • Small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance loan of up to $10,000 to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  Funds will be available following a successful application and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    • On April 16 the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website is indicating that they are currently unable to accept new applications for the PPP based on available appropriations funding.  In addition, they are also unable to enroll new PPP lenders at this time.



Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526