The Planning Division provides land use services to the public in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial permitting, engages in long range community planning and zoning enforcement, and coordinates a variety of regional programs in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.
Planning and regulation of land use stem from the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which gives police power to the States. The courts have held that this police power may be used to regulate a wide variety of activities as long as it is exercised in a manner that is related to the protection of the public’s health, safety, and welfare, and does not contradict constitutional principles, including the concepts of due process, equal protection, and the unlawful taking of property without compensation. State and community planning, zoning, subdivision regulations, sign controls, growth management regulations and environmental regulations are all examples of police power.
Our website is designed to inform and educate the public about the services we provide and to allow easy access to planning documents and studies, environmental documents, Zoning Ordinances, the County General Plan and Area Plans, permit application materials, meeting agendas for the Planning Commission and other hearings, and relevant census and demographic information.
The chief responsibility of the Planning Division is to regulate the use of land and structures within unincorporated areas of the county. Using these regulations and others, the Planning Division issues permits for uses and structures and enforces both permit conditions and maintains consistency with the County’s Zoning Ordinances and General Plan.
Ventura County Government Center Administration Building - 3rd Floor
Resource Management Agency
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
Planning and Zoning Information: Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(805) 654-2488 or (805) 654-2451
Ayuda en Español: (805) 654-2451
Planning Office Fax: (805) 654-2509
More information on the public counter services in the Planning Division can be found here.
Recently Approved and Pending Projects List - Updated monthly, this map and accompanying list show the discretionary projects approved by the Planning Division in the last six months and projects currently in process.
Public Hearing Agendas - Agendas and staff reports for Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Board, and Mobile Home Park Rent Review Board hearings.
One-Stop Permitting Website - This website provides both an overview of the County development process and step-by-step guidance to individuals seeking land use permits for residential, commercial, and industrial development projects of subdivisions within unincorporated Ventura County.
What's My Zoning? - This tool identifies the zoning designation for parcels located within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.
County View Interactive Map - This free online GIS map includes a variety of datalayers available to the public including aerial photographs, zoning information, assessor parcel numbers, jurisdictional boundaries, and general plan designations. Start your search by typing in an address.
Citizen Access - This online permitting database provides real-time, direct access to all Planning permits that are in process or have already been issued. Information on permits issued by other county departments is also available on this system.
Planning Division Management Team:
Dave Ward, Planning Director: 654-2481
Winston Wright, Discretionary Permit Coordinator: 654-2468
Jennifer Welch, Residential Permits Manager: 654-2465
Vacant, Commercial/Industrial Permits Interim Manager: 654-5192
Susan Curtis, General Plan Update Manager: 654-2497
Denice Thomas, Planning Programs Manager: 654-2685
Tricia Maier, Long Range Planning Manager: 654-2464