top of page
1147 Hill Rd_0030.jpg


HAVE YOU HEARD: Santa Barbara Suspends Zoning Reports

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

Tuesday brought big news to the local real estate community when the City Council voted to immediately suspend Zoning Information Reports (ZIRs) in the city of Santa Barbara,

Bob Hart, president of the Santa Barbara Realtors Association, speaks to the Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday in favor of eliminating zoning information reports. (Photo Source: Noozhawk)

What is a Zoning Information Report?

Zoning Information Report is required for every transfer of residential property within the city limits (before Tuesday, that is). ZIR's are intended to review a property's permitting and zoning history and disclose any illegalities (unpermitted work, violations of city ordinances, illegal dwellings, etc).

ZIR's have been a controversial matter in Santa Barbara for years. Critics contend that ZIRs are inconsistent and inaccurate. Others believe that the reports are important and beneficial to buyers and protect them from illegal development.

How did this happen?

The local real estate community gathered 7,000 signatures to place an item on the November ballot to repeal ZIRs all together but if the measured had passed, it would have been in violation of the city's Housing Element so a compromise was made. The real estate community agreed to withdraw the initiative from the November ballot and ZIRs were suspended. Now, home buyers will receive a link to the city's online database so they can review the permits on file on their own, without the necessity of a Zoning Report from the seller.

The measure will now be forwarded to the Planning Commission -- stay tuned for more updates!

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 9.19.53 AM.png
How's the Market?
How's the Market?
Dec 4, 2023
Buyer Beat - Your Montecito and Santa Barbara Real Estate Resource
Buyer Beat - Your Montecito and Santa Barbara Real Estate Resource
Nov 29, 2023
How's the Market?
How's the Market?
Nov 27, 2023
Where Dreams and Destination Unite on the Central Coast
Where Dreams and Destination Unite on the Central Coast
Nov 25, 2023
Something Extraordinary is Coming ...
Something Extraordinary is Coming ...
Nov 21, 2023
Q3 - Montecito Market Update
Q3 - Montecito Market Update
Oct 17, 2023
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
Recent Posts
Featured Post
bottom of page