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District Permits and Review

The District has oversight and authority to review all development within the District for compliance with District standards and to verify it can serve the proposed development.  District staff regularly coordinates with County of Santa Barbara Building and Safety staff for procesing County building permits.

Accessory dwelling units, renovations, and exterior improvmeents such as pools, or other auxillary structures, require a District permit. Upon initial submittal to the County Building and Safety, the District can provide a Sewer Service Availability letter to confirm the District can provide service for the proposed development. Once a building permit is applied for, the District will provide a letter outlining the District's requirements to comply with current standards, which may require any necessary repairs to existing sewer laterals to bring the condition up to an acceptable level . All sewer lateral repair and installation work, as well as new connections, require a District permit and all District fees must be paid prior to issuance of a permit.

District Lateral and Building Sewer Standards

The Montecito Sanitary District has specific requirements for the installation of the sewer mains, access structures, laterals, and building sewers. Refer to Montecito Sanitary District Standard Drawings for Construction of Sanitary Sewers (Standard Details) for requirements and construction details. 

Housing Development Review Standards

On April 14, 2022, the District Board of Directors adopted Resolution 2022-947 which establishes the objective standards for proposed development within the District.  This policy provides guidance and and expalanation on how District staff will evaluate prposed development, such as Accessory Dwelling Units, auxillary structures, lot splits, and connections to the District facilities requiring pumps.

Housing Development Policy-Final_20220414.pdf