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Business, Personal and Special Property Assessments

The Business and Special Property Division is responsible for the discovery and assessment of all taxable business property, boats, aircraft, and other special properties within the County of Santa Barbara.

Unlike real property, business property is appraised annually. All business owners must file a property statement each year detailing costs of all supplies, equipment and fixtures at each location. Business inventory is exempt from taxation.

The California Constitution and the Revenue and Taxation Code state that all property is taxable, including business property, unless it is specifically exempt by law. Examples of taxable business property are:

Building / Fixture / Land Improvements
Office Furniture and Equipment
Machinery and Equipment
Computer Hardware and Operating Systems
Leasehold Improvements
Property Leased to Others
Construction in Progress

If you own taxable personal property whose required cost is $100,000 or more on January 1, or if the Assessor has requested a statement be filed, you are requested to file a Business Property Statement (BPS) by April 1st of each year detailing costs of all supplies, equipment, and fixtures, improvements, land improvements, and land as well as other information requested on the form at each location. If your completed property statement is received after 5:00 p.m. on May 7th, you will be subject to a late filing penalty.

Electronic Filing

In order to make it easier for you to file your Business Property Statement [Form 571-L], Santa Barbara County has enhanced its online E-Filing System. You will no longer receive a paper copy of the official form. Instead, you must access our E-filing system using the unique password provided in the letter you received from the County Assessor. Once you enter the system, you will have the option of electronically filing the Form 571-L online or printing the official form for mailing or electronic upload.

April 1, 2019 – Business Property Statements Are Due.
May 7, 2019  – Last Day to Submit Property Statements Before 10% Penalty is Applied.
Questions About Being a Business Owner
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Can I file my business property statement online?
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What is a Business Property Statement - Form 571-L (BPS)?
What if the pre-printed information on the BPS is incorrect?
What is considered "business equipment"?
What is the Lien Date?
What is the purpose of the Business Property Statement (BPS)?
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