Licenses and Permits

Administer the collection and audit of business taxes, permits, and assessments to ensure compliance with the Santa Barbara Municipal Code (SBMC).

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

Manage the Business Tax and Permit Program.


Administer the monthly collections of Transient Occupancy Tax.


Administer the billing and collections for the city’s four assessment districts: Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA), Old Town Business Improvement District, Downtown Business Improvement District, & the new Tourism Business Improvement District.


Process delinquency notices and initiate collection efforts for past due accounts.


Process and issue over 13,000 City licenses and permits.


Review outside sources and publications to identify unlicensed businesses.


Ensure that newly-licensed businesses are billed appropriately for the district assessments.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023

Send quarterly Parking Business Improvement Area (PBIA) billings to downtown businesses within the 75-minute free parking district.


Send annual Downtown and Old Town Business Improvement District billings by February 28, 2022.


Perform an annual audit of all businesses within the 3 downtown assessment districts by street address to ensure that all current businesses are billed as required.


Send annual business license renewal notices no later than 30 days before current license expiration.


On a quarterly basis, send delinquency letters for unpaid PBIA assessments.


Collect Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) fees from hotels in the city of Santa Barbara and remit to Visit Santa Barbara on a monthly basis.

STAFFING INFORMATION


Authorized Positions

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023

OTHER PROGRAM MEASURES