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The Resource Management Agency strives to ensure that its customer service standards are consistent with the Agency’s Mission Statement:

The mission of the Resource Management Agency, in cooperation with the public and our partner agencies, is to protect the consumer and community’s health, safety and environment by carrying out adopted laws and policies, and educating, assisting and empowering Ventura County residents and businesses to be good stewards of the land and our resources.


In addition, RMA has identified those core values which will guide us in carrying out our mission. These values are directly related to our customer service and include:

  • Honesty, hard work and ethical behavior

  • Transparency and accountability

  • Equitable treatment and respect of all constituents

  • Excellence in service delivery

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Food Facilities Closures

Restaurant, food truck and other food facilities closure information - Inspector initiated and Owner initiated closures

Building Codes & Information

Find the 2019 Ventura County Building Codes - other code related information and handouts

Get a Permit

Building Permits, Food Facilities Permits, Film Permits, Home Business Permits - all permitting related items

Payments and Fees

RMA accepts cash, checks and credit cards payments for most programs. Payments are accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m daily M-F

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View latest inspection results for food facilities on VC Safe Diner App or ocean water testing results for beaches on VC Safe Beach App

One-Stop Permitting

Step-by-step guidance on land use permits for residential, commercial, and industrial development projects or subdivisions in the unincorporated areas of the County

VC Citizen Access

Real-time land use, searchable database to track land use permits for properties located in the unincorporated areas of the County

Permit Navigator

Have you submitted a permit application but are experiencing difficulty in having your permit issued? Click on the above icon for assistance.

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VC Resilient Coastal Adaptation

VC Resilient Coastal Adaptation

Coastal hazards associated with sea-level rise could have significant impacts on Ventura County. Recently, the County wa...

What's My Zoning?

What's My Zoning?

What's My Zoning? is a tool to help you find the zoning designation for parcels within the unincorporated areas of Ventu...

Film Permits

Film Permits

  County of Ventura Film Permit Requirements and Process The County of Ventura requires all commercial film product...

Counter Traffic Cam

Counter Traffic Cam

So that our customers may better assess the wait time they may expect when preparing to visit our public counters, the R...

Ventura County General Plan Update

Ventura County General Plan Update

Planning Home The County of Ventura is working on a comprehensive update to its General Plan for the first time in almo...

Interactive Mapping

Interactive Mapping

The County of Ventura Interactive Mapping Tool allows the user to choose various layers of information and to make queri...

Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridor

Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife C...

Wildlife corridors connect fragmented patches of habitat. The main goal of a corridor (also referred to as a linkage) is...

Water Conservation Certificate

Water Conservation Certificate

  Please click here for the Certificate of Compliance for retrofit of plumbing upon addition or alteration to an ex...

Graywater and Rainwater Catchment

Graywater and Rainwater Catchment

Get information about minimum requirements for the installation of graywater systems in occupancies regulated by the Dep...

Water Well Permit Restrictions

Water Well Permit Restrictions

On December 16, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted ordinance (Ventura County Ordinance No. 4468). Section 4826.1 - W...

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  • Building and Safety Permit Fee Estimator +

    The Building Permit Fee Estimator is a tool that estimates your permits fees from various sources including the County of Ventura Building and Safety Division. As there are other County Read More
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    A vector is any insect, arthropod, or other animal of public health significance capable of harboring or transmitting the causative agent of human disease. Vector Control Program staff maintain constant Read More
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    Closures or "permit Suspensions" are performed in response to Imminent Health Hazards present in a food facility that pose a serious health hazard if not immediately corrected. Such Imminent Health Read More
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    The Ventura County Certified Unified Program Agency - CUPA / Hazardous Materials Program provides regulatory oversight for six statewide environmental programs. CUPA implements State and Federal laws and regulations, county ordinance code, Read More
  • Cannabis and Adult Use of Cannabis FAQ +

    At its hearing on December 6, 2016, the Board of Supervisors was presented a regulatory outline that could be used by County staff to develop specific Zoning Ordinance amendments governing Read More

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The County of Ventura launched a Housing Element Update in 2020. This website provides up-to-date information on the Housing Element Update process, including information on upcoming community workshops, meetings, documents prepared for the Housing Element Update, the project timeline, and opportunities to provide feedback. The current 2014-2021 Housing Element remains active until the 2021-2029 Housing Element is adopted and certified.

Questions related to the Housing Element Update should be directed to the Project Planner, Jennifer Butler. She can be reached at (805) 654-2495 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The County, along with all California cities and counties, is required to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the unincorporated communities, and to update its plan every eight years. The Housing Element is a mandated element of the County’s General Plan and is the only element that must be updated on a set schedule and then certified by the State.

The foundation for the Housing Element is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), in which the State estimates each region’s housing needs for all income groups for the upcoming eight years. Each region then determines how much of the region's total housing needs will be assigned to each city and county within the region. Jurisdictions do not construct the housing units but are required by the State to demonstrate in their planning documents that enough land is properly zoned to accommodate the identified existing and future housing needs within the planning period.

Ventura County falls within the Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG region. The County's portion of the SCAG RHNA target for the 2021-2029 Housing Element period is proposed to be 1,259 homes, with finalization of this number expected by SCAG in August 2020. This housing goal is further broken down by income category. The Housing Element Update FAQ provides more detailed information on the draft RHNA targets assigned to the County by income group. For more information on RHNA and the RHNA allocation process, visit the SCAG website.

The 2021-2029 Housing Element is the sixth update to the Housing Element and is sometimes referred to as the 6th Cycle Housing Element. In this Housing Element, the County must identify enough potentially developable land zoned for residential use to meet the County’s new RHNA housing targets and must provide goals, objectives, policies, and programs to meet the housing needs of its citizens.

Contents of the Housing Element

Because the Housing Element is updated frequently, the previous element provides a foundation for this update. The new update also provides an opportunity to evaluate the previous Housing Element and determine which parts were effective and which should be improved. Read the County’s 2014-2021 Housing Element for more information on existing housing policies and programs.
The Housing Element typically includes seven major components, including the following:

  • Housing Needs Assessment: Provides demographic and housing need information for the County.
  • Constraints Analysis: Analyzes existing and potential constraints to the development of housing and how those will be addressed.
  • Evaluation of Past Performance: Assesses the County’s progress in implementing the policies and programs set forth in the prior Housing Element.
  • Housing Sites Inventory and Analysis: Identifies sites available for development or redevelopment and that are appropriately zoned to support housing development in order to accommodate the County’s RHNA.
  • Housing Resources: Identifies financial and other resources available to support housing development, especially affordable housing.
  • Policies and Programs: Establishes new policies and programs designed to address the housing needs identified in the County unincorporated areas.
  • Community Outreach: Discusses the community involvement efforts done as part of the Housing Element update process, including outreach to all economic groups; the input they provided and how that has been addressed in the Element.

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To submit comments at anytime throughout the Housing Element update process, please complete the form below.
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Additional Resources

  • Housing Element Frequently Asked Questions

  • 2020 California Housing Legislation Update Presentation to the Board of Supervisors – On February 25, 2020, Planning Division staff provided an update to the Board of Supervisors on new state housing bills that went into effect January 1, 2019. A link to the staff report and a legislative summary can be found here. The video presentation can be accessed on the Board of Supervisors website here (Meeting Date 2/25/2020, Agenda Item #52).

  • Certified 2014-2021 Housing Element – The certified 2014-2021 Housing Element consists of Chapter 3.3 of the Goals Policies and Programs document and the Land Use Appendix.
  • SCAG 2019 Demographic Profile of Unincorporated Ventura County - The Local Profile reports provided by SCAG contain a variety of demographic, economic, education, housing and transportation information about the unincorporated County of Ventura.

  • Housing Element Annual Progress Report - The preparation and submittal of the Housing Element Annual Progress Report to the state Housing and Community Development Department and Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is required by State law. The Annual Report documents past housing-related activities and may identify the timing of upcoming activities. Annual Progress Reports from the past five years are found here.

  • Final Statewide Housing Assessment 2015 - This is a report by HCD which contains data and analysis describing California’s housing challenges, incorporates public feedback, and provides recommendations and a Housing Action Plan to address those challenges.


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The following information is provided to help you understand, follow, and participate in the Planning Commission hearing in person or electronically.

Public comment is the opportunity for members of the public to participate in hearings by addressing the Planning Commissioners in connection with one or more agenda or non-agenda items. Provide comments using one of the follow options:

Public Comment in Person - Dependent on the opening of the Government Center.


Due to social distancing measures, there is limited seating in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room. Please submit either a white speaker card or pink statement card to the clerk. Names of public comment speakers will be called in advance to allow you time to walk to the Board Hearing Room so you may provide your comment.

Please practice social distancing and remain six feet apart from others.

Public comments using Zoom:

Click here to register to speak  no later than 3:30 p.m. the day prior to the Planning Commission hearing. Please provide your name, email, and the phone number. Once your registration has been approved you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link and password by 5:00 a.m. the day of the Planning Commission hearing.

Email Public Comment During the Hearing:

If you are watching the live stream of the Planning Commission hearing and would like to make either a general public comment (Item 4) for items not on the day's agenda or to comment on a specific agenda item as it is being heard, please submit your comment, limited to 250 words or less,  to the Recording Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be advised that this e-mail address will not be operational until the day of the hearing. Please include in the Subject Line of your email both the Agenda item number (e.g., Item No. 4) and the words “Read at Hearing.” Every effort will be made to read your comment into the record, but some comments may not be read due to time limitations. Comments received after an agenda item will be made part of the record if received prior to the end of the hearing.

Email or Mail Public Comment in Advance of the Meeting

If you wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment to the Case Planner for that item via email by 3:30 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing.

Please indicate in the Subject Line the Agenda item number (e.g., Item No. 6) on which you are commenting. Your email will be distributed to the Planning Commissioners and placed into the item’s record at the Planning Commission hearing.

County of Ventura Planning Commission Speaker Form

If you do not wish to make verbal comments to the Planning Commission, but would like to submit written comments for the administrative record, please fill out the comments section below.

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farmworker housing

NEW UPDATE: The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is available for a 45-day comment period (September 21 to November 5, 2020):

Link to Draft Environmental Impact Report

The public is encouraged to submit written comments no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2020. Mail comments to Justin Bertoline, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009-1740. Or email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Case Number PL19-0046
Somis Ranch Partners, LLC, Applicant
Project Contacts:
Justin Bertoline This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (805) 654-2466
Mindy Fogg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (805) 654-5192

The project applicant requests (1) a Tentative Parcel Map (TPM) to authorize the four-lot subdivision of an existing legal lot; (2) a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to authorize the construction of a community waste water treatment facility (CWWTF); and (3) a Planned Development (PD) Permit to authorize the construction of a 360-unit farmworker housing complex. The proposed farmworker housing complex is intended to be 100 percent affordable to farmworkers who qualify as lower income, which is classified as individuals and families who make 80 percent or below of the area median income.

The approximately 36.4-acre project site is located at 2789 Somis Road on Assessor Parcel Number (APN) 156-018-048. The project site is situated just north of the intersection of Somis Road (State Route 34)/Las Posas Road, immediately north of and adjacent to the City of Camarillo.

The project was submitted to the County on May 17, 2019. To comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, the Planning Division determined that an Environmental Impact Report was required. The DEIR includes analysis of potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project and covers the full range of environmental topics contemplated under CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines.

General Project Processing Timeline:
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Other Resources:

  • The City of Camarillo also has a webpage at this link.
  • Project Plans and Elevations available at this link.
  • Notice of Preparation of DEIR available at this link.
  • Video of Scoping Meeting held on April 22, 2020 available at this link.

Somis Ranch Farmworker Housing Project Subscription

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