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Architectural Review Process

The design review process in Santa Barbara can be a long and frustrating journey. Let our professionals make sure you get the perfect home for your lifestyle. There are three phases required for design review approval in the County of Santa Barbara, see below for a detailed description of each. For information on the design review process in other areas please feel free to give us a call.

Concept Review

During concept review, decision makers review broad characteristics of a project and make general comments,such as with regards to neighborhood compatibility or size, bulk and scale.


When a decision maker grants preliminary approval, they are approving the overall concept, massing, layout and approach. This allows the applicant to move forward with the final details of their proposal.

Final Approval

When a decision maker grants final approval, they are approving the details of the project based on the overall concept and massing approved at a prior meeting.

Architectural Review Links

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