Santa Barbara County is one of 58 counties in California.
- Main article: Evaluation of California county websites
- The names and contact information for all board of supervisor members is available.
- Board of supervisor meeting agendas and minutes are published.
- Information on taxes is available.
- Information on contracts is provided.
- Information on building permits and zoning is published.
- The current budget is published.
- Audit reports are available.
- Main article: California government sector lobbying
In 2008, Santa Barbara County reported $80,000 spent on lobbying the federal government.
For 2007 and 2008, the county spent $237,050 on lobbying the California legislature.