Santa Barbara County Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Barbara County
Document Title
Santa Barbara County Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation

Document Description
Note: Reference SCH# 2012111093 The proposed ordinance, which can be viewed at, (1) prohibits the free distribution of single-use carryout paper and plastic bags; and (2) requires retail establishments to charge customers for paper bags at the point of sale. Regulated retail establishment would be allowed to sell reusable bags or distribute them free of charge. The proposed ordinance sets the minimum charge for single-use paper bags at ten cents ($0.10). Plastic carryout bags are defined in the proposed ordinance as any bag made predominately of plastic derived from either petroleum or biologically-based sources, such as corn or other plant sources, which is provided to a customer at the point of sale. Regulated bags would not include reusable bags, produce bags, or product bags (as defined). The proposed ordinance does not apply to restaurants and other food service providers, allowing them to provide plastic bags to customers for prepared take-out food intended for consumption off of the food provider's premises. Retail establishments would be required to keep complete accurate records and report annually to the governing jurisdiction for three (3) years after this ordinance goes into effect.

Contact Information
Carlyle A. Johnston
Santa Barbara County Public Works Dept.
Lead/Public Agency
Resource Recovery & Waste Mgmt. Div. 130 E. Victoria Street, Suite 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone : (805) 882-3617


Santa Barbara

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Local Action
Project Issues
Air Quality Biological Resources Hydrology/Water Quality Public Services GHGE
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Coastal Commission (CCC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT) California Highway Patrol California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB) Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Resources Agency Resources, Recycling and Recovery California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)

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