Any property owner or authorized agent who intends to conduct an operation or business, or install or modify systems and equipment which is regulated by the California Fire Code must first make an application to Santa Barbara County Fire Department and obtain a permit.
There are two types of permits required by the California Fire Code (CFC):
CFC Construction Permits –
A CFC construction permit allows the applicant to install or modify systems and equipment that are required by the CFC or the California Building Code for building uses that are typically hazardous or concerns the safety of large numbers of people. Examples include sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, flammable liquid storage rooms, etc.. If you have obtained a CFC construction permit from our agency and wish to have a Santa Barbara County Fire Department representative make an inspection for clearance purposes, click on this button.
CFC Operational Permits –
A CFC operational permit allows the applicant to conduct an operation or a business that is regulated by the CFC. Typically permits are required for operations that are hazardous or could result in harm to the public if not conducted according to fire code requirements. Examples would include use and storage of flammable liquids or hazardous materials, welding and hot work, high piled combustible stock, tents, special events, etc.
The majority of CFC operational permits are obtained through the Engine Company Inspection Program. Contact your local Santa Barbara County Fire Station to initiate the process. Two operational permit applications that can be obtained on this website are for tent permits and special event permits. Click on the buttons below.