Consistent with State guidance, the City of Carpinteria has extended service changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular services are now tentatively scheduled to be restored on Monday, May 4, 2020.
Additionally, the City has decided to close the public parking lots at Viola Fields and Bailard Avenue and will be working with CUSD and State Parks to close parking lots at Carpinteria High School and Linden Field. The nearby public trails and parks will remain open for now, and the parking lot closures are intended to discourage high intensity use that challenges the social distancing mandate. Complaints have been received about crowding in outdoor public areas, and there is concern that the recent closure of beaches and trails in other Southern California municipalities, including Ventura County, may further intensify demand for Carpinteria’s open spaces.
Essential local government services will continue to be provided to the community during the extraordinary circumstances presented by the pandemic. The fluid situation has required changes to the way services are delivered, and the public’s cooperation and understanding is highly appreciated. The following list identifies City services that have temporarily changed due to the pandemic:
Public Service Counter Operations: The public service counter, which issues Planning Permits, Building Permits Engineering Permits and Park Rentals at City Hall, is closed until May 4 (pending additional extensions). Planning and Engineering staff can be reached via email and phone communications. Routine activities such as applying for, or issuing permits, licenses, and similar functions may be affected. To make arrangements for these services, please call (805) 684-5405.
Public Meetings: Non-essential public meetings have been postponed or cancelled. The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 6 has been cancelled, with the next regular meeting currently scheduled for May 4. The next ARB meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 16. City Council meetings will continue to take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month. For the time being, the meetings will be physically closed to the public, but written comments may be submitted in advance or made by phone. Residents may live stream the meetings through the City website or watch the live broadcast on Government Access Television Channel 21.
Parks & Recreation: City parks remain open, but play equipment and barbecue areas are closed. The Community Pool is closed. Social distancing protocols must be following in parks and on beaches and trails.
Building and Planning Inspections: Building and Planning inspections will continue; however, they will be performed at the discretion of the Building Inspector/Plans Examiner and Planners consistent with social distancing protocol.
Code Compliance Activities: In-person code enforcement interactions with the public will be limited as much as possible. Timed parking limits will not be enforced, except in some cases for 72-hour limits. Colored curb parking restrictions will still be enforced.
Payment of Permit and License Fees: To make arrangements for payments to the City, please contact Ashley Chaparro at (805) 880-3406.