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For the first time ever, you can now apply for and track permits and licenses online using the City of Goleta’s new Magnet Permit Tracking System Public Portal. The City launched the new user-friendly, intuitive Public Portal today, March 16, 2021, and whether you are a resident, business owner, permit applicant or just curious, we encourage you to check it out live on the City website or access it directly at  

With the City’s new online Public Portal system, you can:

  • Apply for a Planning Permit
  • Apply for a Building & Safety Permit
  • Apply for a Public Work Permit
  • Apply for a Business License
  • Renew a Business License
  • Check Case Status
  • Obtain Permit Records for a Parcel
  • Request an Inspection
  • Look at Mapping Information
  • Report an Issue

The streamlined system is designed to be a one-stop location to make existing permit records available to the public, allow permit applications to be made online, and make it easy for the community to track the status of an application or a development project.

Peter Imhof, Planning and Environmental Review Director, said, “Goleta’s new Permit Tracking System Public Portal will make our permit process easier, more efficient and more accessible for everyone. Goleta residents, property owners and businesses will now be able to apply directly online for all permit types and business licenses. Through the Public Portal, anyone can also check permit status and access permit records by parcel. We are excited to make the new capabilities of the Public Portal available.”     

Brian Hiefield, Associate Planner, said, “Having worked on this project for the better part of my career at the City of Goleta, I am so happy to finally see all the hard work come to fruition. I look forward to using this system every day for many years to come. I want to extend many thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this happen, most especially Ahmad Zahedi and the entire CSI Magnet consultant team. They really got to know us and our processes very well over the years and as a result we have a great system for everyone to use.”

Lisa Prasse, Current Planning Manager said, “I am very happy that the City has reached this milestone and that we are able to share this useful tool with the community. I want to thank and acknowledge the work of Associate Planner Brian Hiefield and the CSI Magnet team for the incredible effort that has transpired to accomplish this monumental task. Having a publicly accessible permit tracking system is beneficial to aid in improving service and providing information.”

Click here to try the new Public Portal system. To learn more, tune into our Goleta City Council meeting tonight, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. and see Staff’s presentation to Council on the new system. You can watch the meeting live on Channel 19 or the City website at View the staff report and presentation here:

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