Fire Investigation/Law Enforcement Unit

The Santa Barbara County Fire Investigation Unit is staffed with a Fire Investigation Supervisor and two Investigators. Fire Investigators are peace officers per California Penal Code Section 830.37 and are responsible for conducting fire and arson investigations; enforcement of state forest and fire laws; and enforcement of laws relating to fire prevention. Each Investigator is a member of the Santa Barbara County Arson Task Force, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and the California Conference of Arson Investigators.

To contact the Fire Investigation/Law Enforcement Unit or to provide information regarding a fire please contact [email protected].

Mobile Welding Permits

Review all requirements for Welding/Hot Work by accessing our Code Summary for that use. You will be inspected for and must comply with all CFC requirements before a Mobile Welding Permit is issued. Fees for permits will be billed through the mail. The inspection report issued to you by SBCFD at the completion of the permit inspection will serve as a temporary permit until your Mobile Welding Permit is mailed to you after payment.

To obtain Mobile Welding/Hot Work permit for work within Santa Barbara County Fire jurisdiction, contact us at [email protected]

Code Summary 

Pyrotechnic Special Effect Displays (Fireworks)

To obtain a permit for operations involving pyrotechnics within SBC jurisdiction, click here

Operations Involving Explosives

To obtain a permit for operations involving explosive within SBC jurisdiction, click here

Requesting Incident Reports

To obtain a fire department Incident Report with no medical information, email [email protected]

*Be prepared to provide your name, your contact information, date and time of the incident, address or location of the incident, type of incident (vehicle fire, building or vegetation fire, vehicle accident, etc.) and Fire Department Incident Number (if known).

 

To obtain a fire department Incident Report with medical information, email [email protected]

 * Be prepared to provide your name, your contact information, date and time of incident, address or location of incident, type of incident (vehicle fire, building fire, vehicle accident, etc.) and Fire Department Incident Number (if known).

In addition, if you were not the person who received medical treatment, you will be required to provide a subpoena or signed authorization from the patient authorizing the release of medical information to you. See request form.

Requesting Investigation Reports

To obtain a fire department Fire Investigation Report, email [email protected]

*Be prepared to provide your name, your contact information, date and time of the incident, address or location of the incident, type of incident (vehicle fire, building or vegetation fire, vehicle accident, etc.) and Fire Department Incident Number (if known).

Investigation Reports can only be released when the fire investigation is concluded. No official information for ongoing investigations will be provided.

Depending on the jurisdiction of the incident, you may be directed to Cal Fire or the United States Forest Service for Investigation Reports involving vegetation fires.

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