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805-654-2771
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Simi Valley Office
805-582-8064
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FAQs

How far away from my property line can I build a structure?

For all property line setback, building height,  information.  Please contact the
Planning Department at (805) 654-2488.

Do I need a permit if I replace my Hot Water Heater?

Yes, Prior to obtaining your permit, you will first need to complete a Permit    
application form.  You can obtain this form either by downloading it here, or by completing the form at the Building and Safety counter, located at:
West County Residents:   Ventura County Government Center
800 S. Victoria Ave.,
3rd floor –in the Hall of Administration
Ventura, Ca.  93003-1720
(805) 654-2771  
Or                            
East County Residents:    Simi Valley Court House
3855-F Alamo St Ste. #2019A,
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 582-8064

What size of storage shed can I build on my property without obtaining a
Building permit?

One-story detached residential accessory structures used as tool and storage
sheds, patio covers, playhouses, playground equipment or athletic equipment
and similar uses provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet can be
built without obtaining a building permit.  However, all zoning setback
requirements must be met.  Please contact the Planning Department at (805)
654-2488 for all zoning setback information.

Are you open for business on Fridays?

Yes, Building and Safety’s regular business hours are:

West County Office:
Counter Hours:   Monday thru Friday …. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Plan Submittal and Permit Issuance…..7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
No Financial Transactions After 4:00 p.m.

Beginning January 6, 2014 New Counter Hours ....7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Plan Submittal and Permit Issuance..... 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No Financial Transactions After 4:30 p.m.

East County Office: 
Counter Hours:   Monday thru Friday …. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Plan Submittal and Permit Issuance…..7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
No Financial Transactions After 3:45 p.m.!!!!

Beginning January 6, 2014 New Counter Hours ....7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Plan Submittal and Permit Issuance..... 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No Financial Transactions After 4:30 p.m.

I want to build a “new house”,  what do I need to do to get a permit?

Please visit one of our office locations, and have one of the counter staff
prepare a “Permit Processing  Checklist” for your project.

Where is my property line?

Please contact the Public Works Department, Surveying & Mapping
Division at (805) 654-2068.

I am about to purchase a property, what am I allowed to build?

For this information, please contact the Planning Department at (805) 654-2488.

Can I obtain the permit history of a property?

Yes, please visit one of our office locations, obtain and complete a “Public
Records Search  Request” form.  Give the completed form to one our counter
staff members.  They will research the property as requested and provide                         
you with copies permits.

I have a neighbor that is building without a  permit, what do I do?

You can file an anonymous complaint with Code Compliance at (805) 654-2788.

I’m  planning  a room addition to my existing home, do I need to install
Fire sprinklers?

For Fire Sprinkler requirements, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau
at (805) 389-9710.