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Land Use Authorization

The South Coast Conduit (SCC), a 26-mile long pipeline, was constructed by the US Bureau of Reclamation to provide a reliable source of fresh water for residents in Santa Barbara County from Goleta to Carpinteria. Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board (COMB) is responsible for safely operating and maintaining the SCC and related structures which exist easements running the length of the pipeline held by the US Bureau of Reclamation. 

COMB has established a Land Use Authorization (LUA) Process for all development activity proposed inside any land held in easement or in fee in order to ensure protection of, and access to, the SCC.  In certain situations, COMB will advise on and issue permits directly for Land Use.  In situations where permanent structures are proposed within easement land, COMB will work directly with the land owner and Reclamation to ensure security of the SCC.

South Coast Conduit Verification

You can check for the potential presence of the South Coast Conduit by parcel using the County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development website. By simply inputting your 9 digit assessor’s parcel number (APN) into the link below, you can find out whether the South Coast Conduit runs through your property.  

Permit History by Parcel

South Coast Conduit
If the conduit may be within your parcel, a notice will appear like this one.


If this search method does not work, your property may fall within Santa Barbara city limits. Simply enter your APN number into the Santa Barbara Parcel information lookup.

City of Santa Barbara Parcel Lookup

South Coast Conduit Text
Once your parcel is located in the database you will receive a notice like this one.