The UC Santa Barbara Campus Design Standards and Guidelines are provided to clarify design requirements for all capital improvement projects on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The information is intended to complement the project program. It does not supplant the regulatory requirements of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the campus Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) or any other applicable project requirements. In some circumstances specific criteria included in the document may exceed code minimum standards. This document is not intended to replace the work of the design professional and their best judgment, nor is it to be taken verbatim as a contract specification. The goal is to ensure that the campus is provided with functional, durable buildings and infrastructure, with consistent materials, finishes and fixtures for efficient maintenance.

The Design Standards Committee meets on a quarterly basis to review and expand upon the Construction Division information found herein. If you have a campus-wide design standard to submit for consideration, please contact the Design Standards Committee at If you are a designer with questions as to the applicability of these guidelines, please direct your question to the project’s University Representative for clarification.