Government, Community, and Business Resources

Welcome to Santa Barbara, California: a captivating blend of colorful history, distinctive architecture, and legendary Southern California lifestyle. Known around the world as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara rests between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Just 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Barbara is easily accessible for visitors from around the world.

To learn more on Santa Barbara, we invite you to visit the websites listed below.

Government Resources

City of Santa Barbara

City of Santa Barbara Police Department

City of Santa Barbara Fire Department

County of Santa Barbara

Addiction Resource

California Rehab & Recovery

Graffiti Abatement - Removal Hotline
(805) 897-2513

Abandoned Shopping Cart Hotline/Form

Non-Emergency Dispatch Hotline
(805) 882-8890

City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department

Santa Barbara Visitor Center


Santa Barbara is Now a Smoke-Free City

The City adopted a new law prohibiting smoking in outdoor public areas to provide a healthy, family-friendly, and clean environment for residents and visitors. Smoke-free outdoor areas will reduce cigarette butt litter, lower the risk of fires, and limit public exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking is prohibited in the following areas:

  • Beaches
  • Parks, including sports fields, open spaces, and trails
  • Sidewalks and paseos citywide in commercial and residential areas
  • City parking structures and lots
  • Stearns Wharf
  • Outdoor restaurant patios before 10:00 pm
  • Outdoor recreational areas and sports facilities, community centers, and library plazas
  • Events open to the public

Smoking is defined to include tobacco, marijuana, and electronic vaping devices. The law is currently in effect with signage planned for installation on sidewalks and other outdoor areas in early 2018. The City will use verbal warnings and public education as the primary means of enforcement. Your cooperation is appreciated.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit

Community Resources

Metropolitan Transit District (MTD)

Visit Santa Barbara

The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara Public Library

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City College

Business Resources

General Resources

Video Resource Library

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