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

Food Facilities Closures

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

Temporary Rental Unit

Information for the permitting process to operate a temporary rental unit to ensure fair oversight and compliance

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

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.

Quick Links

RI-NU Wastewater Treatment Facility

RI-NU Wastewater Treatment Facility

Site map of the RI-NU Wastewater Treatment Facility, showing the facility's location and layout within a lot outlined by...

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...

Ventura County General Plan Update

Ventura County General Plan Update

Planning Home  There is a County initiated General Plan initiated General Plan Amendment for the 2021-2029 Housing...

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

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

Water Wise Gardening

Ventura County cities are in a serious drought. Most cities have water restrictions. Please click here for more information about Ventura County Water Wise Gardening. Please check with your individual… Read More

Consumer Food Protection

Environmental Health Division (EHD) inspectors in the Food Protection Program conduct annual inspections at more than 5,000 food facilities that sell food to the public in… Read More


Comprehensive non coastal zoning ordinance update
Understanding The Comprehensive Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance Update

When did the last comprehensive Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance update occur?

A comprehensive update to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance has not occurred since 1995, but it has been amended numerous times to address general plan consistency and implementation of Board-directed policies for specific land uses.

What are the goals and objectives of the comprehensive Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance update?

The goals and objectives of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance update are:

  • Ensure the regulations are consistent with federal, state, and local laws;
  • Resolve internal conflicts that are a result of incremental updates to the ordinance;
  • Codify Planning Director equivalency determinations and policy interpretations; and,
  • Provide an ordinance that is easier to understand by correcting grammatical, typographical and punctuation errors, creating an organized, uniformed style and format throughout, reorganizing sections so that similar topics are located relatively in the same location in the ordinance, and providing a clear set of regulations for County residents, businesses, staff, and decision-makers.

Will the comprehensive Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance update occur at one time?

The comprehensive zoning ordinance update will occur in three phases. Phase I will include amendments to Articles 1-9 and 11 of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance, and to the use matrix of the Old Town Saticoy Development Code. Phase II will include amendments to Articles 12-19 and will focus on additional clerical and minor amendments to all other articles of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance. Phase III will focus on substantive policy amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance.

What are the next steps in the process to adopt the proposed amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance?

The Phase I amendments are anticipated to be presented to the Planning Commission in the Summer of 2024 and to the Board of Supervisors in Winter of 2024. If you would like to be notified of the upcoming public hearings on this item, please submit your contact information to Ms. Franca A. Rosengren, Senior Planner, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at: (805) 654-2045. The Phase II and III amendments are anticipated to be presented to the decision makers in 2025 and 2026.

How and when does the public submit public comments for the comprehensive Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance update?

The opportunities to submit public comments are during the following phases of the amendment process:

  • The release of the Planning Commission staff report and exhibits; and,
  • The release of the Board of Supervisors letter and exhibits.

If you wish to provide public comments during any of these phases, please provide your written comments to the case planner, Ms. Franca A. Rosengren, by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail at: County of Ventura, RMA Planning Division, Attn: Franca A. Rosengren, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, L#1740, Ventura, CA 93009.

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PROCESSING OF LOCALLY GROWN FOOD

On June 4, 2024, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Locally Grown Food Processing Ordinance (Ordinance 4632) that allows and establishes regulations for the processing of locally grown food on land zoned Agricultural Exclusive (AE), Open Space (OS) and Rural Agricultural (RA) in the non-coastal areas of unincorporated Ventura County. This ordinance implements the County’s Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) Ordinance section 2(1)(l)(m) that was approved by the residents of Ventura County at a countywide election in 2016. The Locally Grown Food Processing Ordinance became effective on July 5, 2024.

Processing of locally grown food includes those activities and processes conducted on land which change the unprocessed commodity from its natural state to a different form, such as processing milk into cheese and fruit into jam. Processing of locally grown food does not include restaurants, cannabis or alcohol which are separately regulated in the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance (NCZO). For more exclusions, please review NCZO section 8107-50 (Locally Grown Food Processing Facilities).

How do I apply for a permit?

Zoning Clearance

Proposed facilities that encompass an area of 20,000 square feet or less, meet the requirements of NCZO sections 8107-50.2 and 8107-50.3, and do not require a new package sewage treatment plant (i.e., advanced treatment) may be permitted with a Zoning Clearance. All of the areas on the property dedicated to the food processing operation are counted towards the 20,000 square feet maximum, including but not limited to the required parking areas, loading and unloading areas, and accessory buildings and structures. Please see NCZO section 8107-50.2(c) for more information on how to calculate the area of the facility. The Zoning Clearance application may not be used for operations which involve the processing of meat (including slaughterhouses) and fish. These operations require a Conditional Use Permit. See Conditional Use Permit information below. If an onsite wastewater treatment system is required, please see the information below under Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS).

To apply for a Locally Grown Food Processing Facility allowed by a Zoning Clearance, the following is required:

Depending on the complexity of the project, the County’s typical time frame for a Zoning Clearance is 30 business days.  If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Planning Division counter staff at (805) 654-2488 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit the Planning Division Public Counter Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the County Government Center at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Third Floor, in the Hall of Administration Building, Ventura, CA 93009. 

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS)

Please contact the Ventura County Environmental Health Division at (805) 654-2813 or at: https://vcrma.org/en/onsite-wastewater-treatment-systems to verify the type of OWTS required for the food processing facility. If the required OWTS is a new package sewage treatment system (i.e., advanced treatment), a Conditional Use Permit is required for both the sewage system and the food processing facility, which will be processed concurrently. See Conditional Use Permit information below.

Conditional Use Permit

A Conditional Use Permit is required for proposed facilities that:

  • Do not meet the requirements for a Zoning Clearance, or,
  • Exceed 20,000 square feet up to a maximum of 3 acres, and/or
  • Include the processing of meat (including slaughterhouses) or fish, and/or
  • Require a new package sewage treatment plant (i.e., advanced treatment) for wastewater.

More information about the Conditional Use Permit process and the application packet can be found at: https://vcrma.org/en/conditional-use-permits.

Additional Resources

Locally Grown Food Processing Ordinance 4632

General Plan Amendment Resolution 24-079

June 4, 2024 Board Letter and Exhibits, Agenda Item 51

April 4, 2024 Planning Commission Staff Report and Exhibits, Agenda Item 6(B)

Staff Contact Information

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Planning Division counter staff at (805) 654-2488 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit the Planning Division Public Counter Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the County Government Center at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Third Floor, in the Hall of Administration Building, Ventura, CA 93009. 


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What is a Rebuild Letter?

A Rebuild Letter states an existing structure (conforming or nonconforming) may or may not be rebuilt or re-established to its original condition in the event the structure or use is partially or fully damaged or destroyed by a fire or other natural disaster.

How do I apply for a Rebuild Letter?

To apply for a Zoning Verification Letter, the following is required:

  • Complete the Rebuild Letter Application
  • Fee – $131 per parcel/lot (under “Rebuild Letter” in the Planning Division Fee Schedule
  • Mail your Rebuild Letter Application, required documents, and payment to:
    County of Ventura
    RMA, Planning Division, L#1740
    Attn: Rebuild Letter Request
    800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009
  • Or, you may submit the Rebuild Letter Application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the subject line “Rebuild Letter Request.” Upon receipt of the application, Planning staff will contact the applicant to accept payment electronically.

How long does it take to process a Rebuild Letter?

Depending on the complexity of the research, the County’s typical time frame for a Rebuild Letter is 30 business days.

 If you have questions about the Rebuild Letter Application process, please contact the Planning Division counter staff at (805) 654-2488 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit the Planning Division Public Counter Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the County Government Center at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Third Floor, in the Hall of Administration Building, Ventura, CA 93009. 

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What is a Zoning Verification Letter?

A Zoning Verification Letter is a formal written response to a request regarding the current zoning and land use designation of a specific property, including, but not limited to, information on variances, use permits, ordinances and conditions, and zoning violations. Please be advised that a Zoning Verification Letter will not include information related to building permits or Certificates of Occupancy. This information can be obtained from the Ventura County Building and Safety Division at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (805) 654-2771.

Zoning Verification Letters help developers, lenders, insurance companies, and real estate professionals perform their due diligence by providing an official record of the current zoning for a specific property and determine if an existing land use conforms to the current zoning regulations.

How do I apply for a Zoning Verification Letter?

To apply for a Zoning Verification Letter, the following is required:

  • Complete the Zoning Verification Letter Application
  • Fee – $357 per parcel/lot (under “General Research and Report Preparation” in the Planning Division Fee Schedule).
  • Mail your Zoning Verification Letter Application, required documents, and payment to:
    County of Ventura
    RMA, Planning Division, L#1740
    Attn: Rebuild Letter Request
    800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009
  • Or, you may submit the Zoning Verification Application and required documents to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the subject line “Zoning Verification Letter Request.” Upon receipt of the application, Planning staff will contact the applicant to accept payment electronically via Citizen Access.

How long does it take to process a Zoning Verification Letter?

Depending on the complexity of the research, the County’s typical time frame for a Zoning Verification Letter is 30 business days

Can I get a copy of a Planning permit or the conditions of approval?

Be sure to indicate what you need in your written request letter. Only upon request will Planning staff include a copy of any active Planning permits with conditions of approval in the Zoning Verification Letter.

Can a Zoning Verification Letter identify easements or property ownership?

The Planning Division is not able to verify easements or the current property owner through a Zoning Verification Letter. This information may be obtained from the following:

  • County of Ventura Assessor’s Office – current property ownership may be obtained from the County of Ventura Assessor’s Office at: https://assessor.countyofventura.org/ or by phone at (805) 654-2181.
  • Title Company – A title search obtained through a title company can best provide you with the most detailed information regarding property rights and easements.

What if I just want to find out my zoning for a property?

If you wish just to find out the zoning for a property, you do not need to request a formal Zoning Verification letter. To find out the zoning of a property, you can:

  • Search “What’s My Zoning?” at: https://vcrma.org/en/what-s-my-zoning.
  • Contact the Planning Counter staff at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at: (805) 654-2045, or come to the office at: County of Ventura, Government Center, Third Floor, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009

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The final Phases 4 and 5 of the Project include the preparation of a Countywide Farmworker Housing Study and Action Plan, which will use survey data collected in Phase 3 to summarize farmworker needs; identify key policy, financial, and regulatory barriers, and solutions to housing development in the form of an Action Plan. A countywide community engagement will be conducted to discuss the draft Action Plan with all stakeholders, and thereafter initiate implementation.

These final phases of the project will:

  • Develop a Countywide Farmworker Housing Study which summarizes survey data and information from countywide housing elements on current agricultural trends, labor patterns, farmworker housing needs, and constraints to housing development; refine countywide sites inventory to identify suitable infill sites for farmworker housing; identify different housing types/alternatives; review land use and development regulations/policies for each jurisdiction as constraints or advantages to farmworker housing; and identify potential financing strategies/funding gaps;

  • Develop an Action Plan with potential solutions and responsibilities in the short/medium/long term for County/City governments, affordable housing providers, farmworker advocates, and other public and private sectors, including healthcare, transportation, finance, and education; and may also include identification of potential policy updates or regulatory reforms countywide; and

  • Conduct a robust community engagement, including coordination with all cities, farmworker/youth community engagement; and a countywide event to discuss the draft Action Plan with all jurisdictions, stakeholders, farmworkers, and interested parties. The project will be guided by a 40-member Advisory Council with representatives from key community organizations, agricultural businesses, farmworkers, and public agencies to ensure a cohesive and inclusive engagement. In order to accommodate the wide diversity of languages used by the County’s farmworkers and to conduct effective community outreach for the project, key documents will be translated into Spanish, and multilingual presentations and interpretation shall be provided for all community engagement.

The final Study and Action Plan is intended to be presented to all Ventura County decision-makers, and implementation of the policies/programs in the Action Plan will encourage the cities and County to take action to facilitate the development of farmworker housing countywide. Implementation of the Action Plan is anticipated to be completed by the City/County governments along with affordable housing providers, farmworker advocates, and other public and private stakeholders, including those in the healthcare, transportation, finance, and education sectors.

 

CURRENT STATUS:

In 2023, the County of Ventura and House Farm Workers! were jointly awarded a $499,991 grant from SCAG through the Sustainable Communities Program - Civic Engagement, Equity and Environmental Justice (SCP CEEEJ) funding. In addition, House Farm Workers! received $25,000 from the UC Thelma Hansen Fund Grant. Both grants will fund a portion of Phases 4 and 5. The Coordination Committee is in the process of working with SCAG to finalize contracting with a consultant who will be completing both phases.

Please check back for updates. For more information, please fill out the form on the Get Involved page. You can also contact Ruchita Kadakia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or House Farm Workers! at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..