Work Permits

SB Unified Work Permits 2023-2024

The Santa Barbara Unified School District values the importance of students being able to work, along with academics. Therefore, we are able to issue Work Permits to students using state guidelines. The safety and health of our students is our number one priority.


Students wishing to obtain a Work Permit
The Santa Barbara Unified School District recognizes that students may wish to apply for a Work Permit, and will issue new Work Permits to students who meet eligibility guidelines.

Dates for 2023-2024 School Year. Work Permits for 2024-2024 will expire on Monday, August 26th 2024. 
Work Permits Issued at School Sites: August 21, 2023 - Jun 13, 2024
Work Permits Issued at the District Office: June 14th, 2024 - August 23, 2024


Work Permit documents require that all signatures from students, parents, and employers must be submitted as “wet” original signatures. We cannot accept scanned documents.

Additionally, by law, all Work Permits in the state of California must expire shortly after the opening of school in the fall. Students who were issued a Work Permit during and wish to continue working at their current place of employment will need to complete a new work permit application to renew their Work Permit in the new school year.

Work Permit Application Form Link (B1-1): SBUSD Work Permit Application B1-1 Form

Process for obtaining a Work Permit: Students must complete the Work Permit application (SBUSD Work Permit Application B1-1 Form) and include signatures from their potential employer and their parents. 

When school is in session,  students have two ways to submit their Work Permit Application:  

  1. Drop-Off at your School Site: Students can drop off their Work Permit Application (B1-1) at their school site. At the start of the year, permits can be left directly with school staff in the College and Career Centers. Students will be notified by College and Career Staff about when they can pick up their completed Work Permit.
  2. Mail directly to the your School Site: Students can mail their Work Permit application to their School Site. Please address the envelope as: Attention: Work Permit Application, and use the address for your school site.

When school is not in session, during summer months, students have two ways to submit their Work Permit Application:

  1. Drop-Off at the District Office: Students can bring their applications to the District Office. Applications can be left at the main desk.
  2. Mail directly to the District Office: Please address the envelope:  Attention - CTE / Work Permits, 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Once the Work Permit Application (B1-1) is approved: 

  • Students will be notified that a Work Permit has been issued. 

  • Students can either arrange to pick up their Work Permit from the District Office during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; or upon request, the complete permit will be mailed back to the student via the US Postal Service to the address provided on the Work Permit application form. 

  • Students are encouraged to keep a digital record and personal copies of all their work documents.

  • Please allow for 3-5 business days for the work permit to be issued.