Staff Report

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is seeking grant funding to provide increased patrolling and enforcement of areas where illegal off-road vehicles are being used. 

The Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints about individuals on ATVs, primarily in the Santa Ynez riverbed, and surrounding areas bordering Lompoc who are damaging private property and the environment. They are also violating a number of other state and county ordinances. The Sheriff’s Office is also planning on increased enforcement in the Santa Maria riverbed and the Cuyama Valley. 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office applied to the State of California Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) 2021/2022 grant program. The preliminary application was submitted Feb. 24. As part of the multi-step application process, there is an opportunity for public comment and feedback before the final application which is due on May 3. From March 2 to April 1, the public can view the online grant application and submit comments. 

To view the application, go to the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at To make public comments on the application, click on “GRANTS” and then on “On Line Grants Application (OLGA).” Then follow the directions on the menu bar on the left side of the screen. 

This is the eighth year the Sheriff’s Office has applied for grant funding for OHV enforcement in Santa Barbara County.