Step 1: Debris Removal

Debris Removal 

Property owners are responsible for managing or removing any debris on their properties. To assist property owners, the County has identified cost-effective options for how to manage or remove the debris.

  • Reuse/recycle debris as rebuilding material – Property owners should consider using rocks and dirt and integrating them into rebuilding plans. Rocks and large boulders maybe used for landscaping features. FEMA is currently remapping the Montecito area, and this information may inform rebuilding efforts. Property owners should consider retaining reusable debris and delaying rebuilding plans until FEMA’s work is completed.
  • Materials exchange website – The County’s Public Works Department established a free materials exchange website to facilitate the sharing of natural, reusable debris (e.g. rocks, dirt).  The website allows homeowners, contractors, landowners, farmers and others to connect directly with residents who have materials on their properties y that need to be removed. Residents can go to for more information.
  • Contracted material haulers – Materials should be hauled by a permitted hauler or a licensed contractor.  The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors recently approved a rate of $55 per ton for the disposal of mud or mixed loads of dirt, rock and trees at the Tajiguas landfill. Only franchise waste haulers and other account holders may deposit waste at Tajiguas, which is not open to public dumping.  See the list of permitted haulers and material disposal sites.

Contact Office of Emergency Management

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