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Rebuild and Repair Assistance

As recovery efforts are underway, we will continue to provide resources for rebuilding and repair of homes destroyed or damaged by the 1/9 Debris Flow. Our goal is to institute a streamlined and expedited approach so our community can recover and rebuild as quickly as possible.

Insurance and Rebuilding Resources

Latest News

  • FEMA Maps Montecito Community meeting July 11, 2018 – View the meeting video and presentation.
  • “Like-for-Like” Ordinance Amendments  – On May 15 the County Board of Supervisors  approved proposed ordinance amendments  that will accommodate the “like-for-like” rebuilding of structures that were damaged or destroyed in the recent disasters.  The proposed amendments to the ordinance will expedite rebuilding for property owners who choose not to make changes to the design of their original structure. The approved ordinance amendments will go into effect 30 days after approval.
  • FEMA Interim Advisory Flood Maps FEMA Advisory Recovery Maps are now available. Following the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed Recovery Maps for Santa Barbara County to supplement the areas of special flood hazards currently identified. The interim Recovery Maps were developed for communities and property owners to make informed decisions about rebuilding. Recovery Maps are separate from the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).  Read the map FAQs

Initial Steps For Rebuilding


The County has outlined the initial steps for rebuilding in the 1/9 Debris Flow areas. Property owners are advised to meet with their case managers and to hold off on making any significant expenditures on design plans so their decisions and permit applications can be informed by critical survey work, engineering and updated mapping.

Rebuilding Guidance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Permit Process Step-by-Step flowchart

Talk to Your Case Manager  

The County’s Planning and Development Department has assigned impacted property owners a case manager to be your single point of contact. Find your case manager by searching and clicking on your property on the Interactive Impacted Properties Map . You can also visit the Planning and Development Zoning Counter at 123 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara 93101, or call us at (805) 568-2090 or email

Get Your Property Details from these Interactive Map

An interactive map of properties affected by the Thomas Fire and the subsequent 1/9 Debris Flow is available here. Please read the instructions on its use. This map is updated on a periodic schedule. For the most up-to-date information regarding your property, please contact your assigned case manager or Planning and Development’s Zoning Counter at (805) 568-2090.  Also view the FEMA Interactive Recovery Map.

Understand the Permitting Process

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

Help from Local Architects at No Cost

Free consultations from local architects with the American Institute of Architects in Santa Barbara (AIASB) can help answer your questions about design and architectural needs. Architects are available at the Montecito Center for Preparedness, Recovery and Rebuilding at 1283 Coast Village Circle or by calling 805-845-7887 or emailing

The Center’s hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Radio Ready

During an emergency when the power is out and when critical and timely information must get out to the general public, the County Office of Emergency Management will utilize satellite equipment to regularly communicate with designated County radio stations that have generators and can continue to broadcast. Visit this link for a list of stations to check if you lose power and cannot access the Internet.

Contact The County

105 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 211