The City of Solvang

The Danish Capital of America

1644 Oak Street
Solvang , CA 93463

Phone: 805-688-5575 Fax: 805-686-2049



    The Administration Department of the City of Solvang includes the City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney.

    City Manager
    The City Manager is appointed by City Council and is the administrative head of the City and is responsible for the efficient administration of all affairs of the City which are under his control including personnel, organization, laws and ordinances. He has a duty to see that all franchises, contracts, permits and privileges granted by the City Council are faithfully observed and to recommend to the City Council for adoption such measures and ordinances as he deems necessary.

    City Clerk
    The City Clerk performs all City Council support services, is the official custodian of all City records, and is responsible for the recording and filing of all ordinances, resolutions, and motions which may be enacted by the City Council. The City Clerk also serves as the City's Risk Manager and Emergency Coordinator.

    The City Clerk is the local official who administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The City Clerk acts as a compliance and filing officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. The City Clerk manages public inquiries and relationships and arranges for ceremonial and official functions.

    City Attorney
    The City of Solvang contracts for City Attorney services with the firm of Hanley and Fleishman, LLP.

    Administrative Services & Finance

  1. The Finance Department includes Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger and Cash Management/Treasury.

  2. Human Resources

    The Human Resources department is responsible for payroll, benefits, recruitment and employment.

  3. Water & Sewer Service

    Find information about establishing or changing city water and sewer service. You can also find payment information here.

    Building Department

    Economic Development

    Find economic development strategic plan reports and business applications from the Economic Development Department.

    Emergency Preparedness

    Sand is available in the green box in the southwestern corner of the Solvang Veterans Memorial Building parking lot. There are also a limited supply of sandbags available in the box. If there are no sandbags in the box, residents may purchase unfilled sandbags at Valley Hardware, Nielsen's Building Supply, Farm Supply, or Harrison Ace Hardware. Filled sandbags are also available for purchase at Nielsen's Building Supply and Santa Ynez Stone and Topsoil. Other locations where sand is available: Buellflat Rock, Fire Station 31 in Buellton (Free- but limited supply), Santa Ynez Stone, and Valley Hardware.

    Parks & Recreation

    Our mission is to create and maintain a parks and recreation system which provides important environmental, social, personal and economic benefits central to the city's residents.

    Our goal is to provide fun, safe, exciting and entertaining opportunities for everyone through our beautiful parks and popular recreation programs. We look forward to doing fun stuff with you! Give us a call at 805-688-PLAY.

    Planning & Community Development

    The purpose of the Planning and Community Development Department is to plan for, and promote reasonable and productive long-term uses of land, which foster environmental protection and economic prosperity within the city. Solvang is a unique community with its historic past and its desire to preserve, protect and promote the Danish and Northern European architectural design theme so prevalent in the Downtown Village.

    It is a common understanding in Solvang that preserving and perpetuating the architectural charm of the area will enhance the social and economic base of the community. The Department works with the community to support and maintain this unique Danish identity.

    Environmental, Planning & Zoning
    The Planning and Community Development Department must also implement city and state environmental, planning and zoning laws. This entails the review and recommendation on development proposals to the Board of Architectural Review, the Planning Commission, and the City Council. It also requires the maintenance and update of the city's General Plan, and the enforcement of the city's Zoning Regulations.

    Information & Services
    The Department provides high quality zoning and planning information, and permitting services through a professional and courteous public process under policy direction of the City Council, the Planning Commission and the Planning and Economic Development Director.


    Public Works

    Public Works provides safe, cost effective and environmentally responsible public facilities and service to the residents and visitors of Solvang.


    Public Safety

    Fire Department

    The City of Solvang is part of the Santa Barbara County Fire District. Our station is #30 and is housed in the same building as City Hall, at 1644 Oak Street.

    You can read more about the Fire Department here: Santa Barbara County Fire Department .

    Police Department

    The City of Solvang contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services. For non-emergency police calls, please call 805-686-5000.

    The Solvang Sheriff Substation is located at 1745 Mission Drive.

    The City of Solvang Substation serves the community of Solvang and the outlying unincorporated areas of the Santa Ynez Valley including Los Olivos, Lake Cachuma, Santa Ynez and Los Alamos.


    1. Alerts

      Sign up to receive announcements of important information (e.g., warnings of natural disasters) sent to you through email or text message.

    2. Community Events

      Access calendars to view upcoming events.

    3. Online Payments

      Make an online payment using the city's payment processing website.

    4. Parks & Facilities

      Check out area parks, facilities, and a list of their amenities.

    5. Recycling Resources

      The City of Solvang encourages its businesses and residents to reduce, reuse and recycle.

    6. Report a Concern

      Notify us about a general concern, comment, or compliment.

    7. Santa Ynez Valley Transit

      Santa Ynez Valley Transit (SYVT) is a Joint-Powers Agency funded by the Cities of Buellton and Solvang, as well as Santa Barbara County. SYVT links Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang.

    8. Solvang Fast Facts

      Find demographic information about the City of Solvang.

    9. What's Happening

      Discover community events being held in the City of Solvang.

    10. Utilities

      Find information about initiating and paying for utility and waste collection services.

    How Do I...

    1. Apply For

      1. Employment Opportunities
      2. Water & Sewer Service
      3. Business Certificate
    2. Contact

      1. City Staff
    3. Find

      1. Agendas & Minutes
      2. City Financial Information
      3. Fee Schedule (PDF)
    1. Sign Up For

      1. Recreational Programs
      2. Notifications
      3. Reverse 911
    2. Submit

      1. Public Records Request (PDF)
      2. Water & Sewer Payments
    3. Reserve a Park or Faci


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