Welcome to RMA

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.

Values

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

Get Our New Apps

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.

New Items

Short Term Rental Information

Short Term Rental Information

In recent years there has been a steady and significant increase in the operation of short-term rentals (STRs) or Tempor...

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...

Most Requested

  • 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
  • Mosquitoes & Vector Control +

    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
  • Food Facilities Closure Reports +

    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
  • Hazardous Materials +

    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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Take a tour of the features and navigation of the new RMA Portal Website. This brief overview and video will help you get the information you're looking for FAST.

This tour will help you become an expert on everything RMA. The tour only takes approximately 6 minutes but will give the tools to understand how we've compiled our information in a more user-friendly manner.

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Saticoy Mural

The Board of Supervisors approved an update to the Saticoy Area Plan on September 22, 2015. This was the first comprehensive revision to the Saticoy Area Plan in more than two decades. To directly access the Saticoy Area Plan, click here!

Since adoption, Planning staff has been working on implementing programs identified within the Plan. A summary of what has been achieved since adoption is listed below.

2015:

  • The comprehensive update to the Saticoy Area Plan is unanimously approved by the County Board of Supervisors on September 22, 2015.

  • The Saticoy Library officially inaugurates in a new location in the Town Center in Old Town Saticoy on September 26, 2015. Check the new upgraded facility and its many amenities at this link.

saticoy library

  • A new Gold Coast Transit Route (#22) is implemented along Wells Road that provides service between Wells Center/Saticoy and St. Johns Hospital/Nyeland Acres in Oxnard. This is implemented as a grant funded, 3-year demonstration route – the need of which was necessitated by the Saticoy Area Plan. (Program MOB-P11).

Update: This route was suspended in late 2019 due to lack of adequate development, and related ridership along the route

2016:

  • Ventura Water (City of Ventura) approves a Net Zero Policy, which is available to developers in Saticoy, and allows projects to offset new or increased water demand through one or more compliance options, including payment of a fee. This fee will allow developers to avail to the larger water supply required to support the Area Plan buildout. (Program PF-P1)

    For a link to frequently asked questions on the Net Zero Policy, please see the Ventura Water website here

saticoy train depot

2017:

  • Census Tract 13.02 which includes the Saticoy area is designated as an Opportunity Zone by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Opportunity Zones incentive is a new community investment tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

    See how the Opportunity Zone funds can be beneficial in aligning public and private capital at this link.

    For a link to frequently asked questions on Opportunity Zones, please see the IRS website here

2018:

  • The Saticoy Southern Pacific Railroad Depot is nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. This nomination was approved by the State Historical Resources Commission on May 17, 2018 (OMB No. 10240018). (Program LU-P4(3))

  • An inter-agency action committee is developed within the County which includes staff from the County CEO’s office, District 1 office, the Planning Division, and the Public Works Agency Real Estate Services Division. The intent of this action committee is to discuss rehabilitation programs for the Saticoy Train Depot. In December 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved the expenditure of funds which were used to install security equipment and clean up the Train Depot site. (Program LU-P4(2))

2019:

  • Planning Staff assisted the Ventura County Public Works Transportation Department and Ventura County Transportation Commission to receive an Active Transportation Planning grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for the Saticoy area which would focus on future mobility connections within Saticoy and connections to the Cities of Ventura and Oxnard.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want more information about the Saticoy Area plan or the related programs.

While the Government Center has closed to the public during the COVID-19 health emergency, the Ventura County Planning Division remains available to process permit application remotely via email.  In order to process permit applications, please utilize the following procedures during this interim transition period.

1.Prepare the necessary application material  for permit processing. In order to complete a Zoning Clearance application, please have the following material available:  Zoning Clearance Application, Site Plan, Floor Plan and Elevations. The Zoning Clearance Application can be found online HERE.

2.Send the completed Zoning Clearance application material mentioned above to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for permit processing. 

3.Staff will coordinate with applicants on whether supplemental material is required or proceed with creating a Record Number for the project.

4.Once a Record Number is created, payments for Zoning Clearance Fees can be made online through Citizen Access at https://vcca.ventura.org/landing.html. Utilize the following steps to process payment.

a)Log onto your Citizen Access account

b)Select Planning at the top of the page

c)Put in your Record Number (Example: ZC20-0000)

d)Select Payments and then Fees in the dropdown

e)Select Pay Fees and then Checkout

5.Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. notifying the Planning Division that payment has been made.

6.Once payment is confirmed, Planning Division staff will walk you through the conclusion of the permit by providing you a copy of the approved plans and completed permit.

If you should have any questions regarding remote permit processing, please call the Planning Division at 805-654-2488 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Planning Director Decisions

Avg. # of Days to

Deem Application

Complete

Goal % On Time

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to Approval

Goal % on Time

CUP- Residential &Accessory Uses

118 30 50% 155 60 0%
CUP- Agricultural and Accessory Uses 68 30 33% 137 60 44%
CUP- Commercial & Industrial 43 30 54% 135 60 17%
CUP- Wireless Facilities 79 30 33% 108 60 18%
Major Modification 87 30 50% 154 60 25%
Minor Modification 63 30 28% 154 60 25%
Wireless Facility Modification 40 30 53% 105 60 27%
Standard Permit Adjustment 43 30 54% 24 60 90%
Minor Permit Adjustment 33 30 85% 15 60 87%
Parcel Map 45 30 33% 279 60 17%
Planned Developement- Residential 61 30 50% 133 60 27%
Planned Development- SRP Overlay Zone 60 30 0% 58 60 20%
Planned Development-Commercial 44 30 33% 92 60 33%

 

Specific Types

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Goal % On TIme

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from Env. Review

to Approval

Goal % On Time
Agricultural Operations 51 30 30% 106 60 35%
Wireless Communications Facilities 47 30 52% 81 60 44%
Dwellings 50 30 32% 91 60 33%
Festivals, Animal Shows, Temporary Events 43 30 45% 116 60 27%
Contractor Storage Yards 31 30 43% 41 60 86%

For more information on wildlife corridor protection requirements and procedures, see Frequently Asked Questions

Reconsideration of Surface Water Feature Designation

If an applicant wishes to submit a permit application for a development in an area that has been mapped as a “Surface Water Feature” within the HCWC (see maps here) and believes that the feature has been mapped incorrectly, the County provides a process for applicants to provide evidence to have the Surface Water Feature designation reconsidered.

The documents include guidelines for what information the County needs to reconsider the designation of a Surface Water Feature and the application to be submitted with your evidence.

Ministerial Permit Application for Removal of Invasive Species in a Surface Water Feature

Surface water features are considered one of the most sensitive natural resources in the County. They support a wide variety of plants and wildlife and disturbance occurring on and within their banks are directly tied to water quality conditions downstream. Eliminating the presence of invasive species in these environments is a lot more complicated than simply clearing weeds. It requires understanding on how the species got there, how it spreads, the level of infestation, and the best ways to eliminate or contain it to ensure your labor, time and money is not wasted.uide Content for Invasive Species Ministerial Permit Application

These documents include an application and instructions for the ministerial invasive plant removal permit. The guidelines outline the information need to develop the invasive species management components required in the application.

When a ministerial permit is issued for the removal of invasive species within a surface water feature, it is with the understanding that certain performance standards will be adhered to and these standards are attached to the permit. These performance standards cover actions such as the protection sensitive resources, controlling the spread of invasive species during removal efforts, wildlife friendly erosion control and worker education. Verification that protection measures described in the Performance Standards were present throughout the time of construction may be requested by the Planning Division.

Non-Coastal Zone Ordinance Update – Phase I

This project consists of a comprehensive update to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to correct grammatical, typographical, and punctuation errors, explain regulatory intent, incorporate Ventura County rooster regulations into the ordinance, establish beekeeping provisions in the residential zones, and make current provisions consistent with local and state laws. Phase I is tentatively scheduled to be completed by summer 2020.

Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance Update – Phase II

A comprehensive update to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to add provisions or update current provisions to be consistent with the updated General Plan 2040. Phase II is scheduled to be completed before or at the same time the updated General Plan 2040 is adopted by the Board of Supervisors, which is tentatively scheduled for summer 2020.

Coastal Zoning Ordinance Amendments to Address Coastal Decks  

In October 2019, Planning staff began preparation of amendments to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance that would allow decks to extend into the rear and side setbacks on small coastal parcels as requested by the Board of Supervisors. Staff anticipates that the Coastal Decks amendments will be presented to the Board for adoption by summer 2020.

Non-Coastal Zone Ordinance to Address Landscaping

Since December 1, 2015, the County has been enforcing Governor Brown’s Drought Executive Order (EO B-29-15) and the State’s updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). Within the amendment to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance, Planning staff will reorganize and update the existing landscaping section to reference State MWELO standards and update existing standards to reflect current practice and pollinator-friendly landscaping standards. Staff anticipates that these amendments will be presented to the Board of Supervisors in late spring 2020.

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I can help you with your building and project plan checks. And here's a tip: On the front page of our website we have a counter camera that will show you how many people are at our counter.
I can help you with your event or other temporary food service situation. I can help you get the information and permitting to make sure your project is safe and abides by County codes and rules.
I can help you with your project in the planning stages and help direct you to the information you need to make your project viable in Ventura County. Call the Planning counter at: 805 654-2488