City of Goleta Temporarily Closes In-Person Services

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Source: City of Goleta

Due to the spike in COVID cases countywide, the City of Goleta is making adjustments to our in-person services.  Effective January 7, 2022, the City is temporarily closing City Hall reception and public counters through January 31, 2022.  Additionally, the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries will transition to Sidewalk Service effective January 11, 2022. Depending on conditions, the City expects to reopen services on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. In the meantime, the City is committed to continuing to provide a high level of service to the community and all services will be available to the public.

Here are the changes:

  • City Hall reception is closed to the public. Our receptionist and staff members can still be contacted via phone or email during business hours. To contact reception, please call (805) 961-7500 or access the City Assist online citizen service request system.
  • Planning and Building Counters will also be closed to in-person service. Permit applications may be submitted electronically through the City’s Permit Tracking System Public Portal. Staff can be reached at:
  • Goleta, Solvang and Buellton Libraries will transition to sidewalk service beginning Tuesday, January 11. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Face coverings required.


We appreciate your understanding and patience as we do our part to ensure the safety of our community and staff.  Stay safe and be well.

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a-1641845601 Jan 10, 2022 12:13 PM
City of Goleta Temporarily Closes In-Person Services

You did see that all services remain available to the public, didn’t you? It would seem nonsensical to remain open for appearances sake during a major pandemic surge. The important thing is providing public service in a manner that reflects the current reality.

David0593 Jan 08, 2022 06:11 PM
City of Goleta Temporarily Closes In-Person Services

The virus is the new norm. After 2 years the city should have been able to effectively mitigate risk. It’s quite unreasonable to ask your citizens to continue to pay taxes for services your not providing. Now is not the time to run and hide, it’s the time to implement your Covid protocol plan.
Shameful that leaders run and hide while they expect the rest of us to continue to do the dirty work.

JB86 Jan 07, 2022 06:56 PM
City of Goleta Temporarily Closes In-Person Services

This is understandable, but similar to remote learning; it isn't quite the same or effective as person-to-person interaction. Hopefully we can find ways to get over this soon as it sinks in that this virus is part of the new normal.

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