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

Servicios en Español: Para asistencia o información en español, llame al (805) 654‑2805.

La siguiente información se proporciona para ayudarle a comprender, seguir y participar en la audiencia:

Observe la Audiencia de la Comisión de Planificación transmitida en vivo en: https://vcrma.org/en/planning-commission

Nota: De vez en cuando, las audiencias se cancelan o reprograman.  Le recomendamos que se comunique con el Planificador de Casos para confirmar la fecha de la audiencia pública un día antes.  La transmisión en vivo y la participación pública remota se proporcionan para conveniencia del público.  En caso de dificultades técnicas experimentadas durante una reunión, la transmisión y la participación remota pueden limitarse o suspenderse, aunque la reunión en si pueda continuar y la Comision tomar acciones finales posteriores. 

Los documentos que incluyen informes del personal, correos electrónicos y cartas con comentarios, fotografías, etc., distribuidos a la Comisión de Planificación con respecto a cualquier tema de la agenda durante una sesión abierta o después de que concluya la reunión, se publican en línea y están disponibles para inspección publica en https://vcrma.org/en/planning-commission.

Asistir a la Audiencia de la Comisión de Planificación en Persona

Cualquier persona tiene el privilegio de asistir en persona o ver la reunión en línea para brindar comentarios sobre este asunto.  Las reuniones de la Comisión de Planificación se llevan a cabo en el salón de audiencias de la Junta de Supervisores, Centro de Gobierno, Sala de Administración, ubicado en 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura CA 93009.

Comentario Público

El comentario público es la oportunidad para que los miembros del publico participen en reuniones dirigiéndose a la Comisión de Planificación en relación con uno o más puntos de la agenda o fuera de la agenda.  Los comentarios públicos de un miembro del público en una sola reunión se limitan a un total acumulativo de cinco minutos en dicha reunión, a menos que el presidente aumente o disminuya el tiempo asignado dependiendo del número de participantes.   

Para mantener un ambiente propicio y acogedor para recibir comentarios públicos de parte de todos los miembros del público en la reunión publica, se desaconseja que la audiencia participe en muestras de apoyo u oposición a los informes del personal o comentarios públicos, incluidos aplausos, gritos, abucheos, silbidos u ovaciones que puedan crear un ambiente perturbador para los miembros del público que deseen participar.  Cualquier persona que perturbe o impida el desarrollo ordenado de una reunión recibirá instrucciones de cesar la conducta perturbadora.  De no hacerlo, esa persona podrá ser expulsada de la reunión.

 

Puede proporcionar comentarios públicos usando las siguientes opciones:

  • Antes de la Audiencia – Si desea enviar sus comentarios antes de la audiencia, se recomienda encarecidamente que los presente antes de las 3:30 p.m. un día antes de la audiencia. Envié el correo electrónico al miembro del personal designado e indiqué en la línea de asunto de su correo electrónico el número del punto de la agenda sobre el cual está comentando. Su correo electrónico se distribuirá a los Comisionados de Planificación.

*Para localizar el nombre del personal del Condado para el tema de interés de la agenda, consulte la Agenda de la Comisión de Planificación en: https://vcrma.org/en/planning-commission*

  • En Persona Durante la Audiencia – Si desea hacer un comentario en persona, debe estar presente en el lugar de la reunión y proporcionar su comentario antes del cierre del periodo de comentarios públicos sobre el tema sobre el que desea hablar.
  • En Zoom Durante la Audiencia HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para registrarse antes del cierre del periodo de comentarios públicos sobre el tema del cual desea hablar. Proporcione su nombre, correo electrónico y el número de teléfono desde el que llamará. Una vez que su registro haya sido aprobado, recibirá un correo electrónico con el enlace y la contraseña de la reunión de Zoom.  La información de participación es exclusiva para usted; por favor no la comparta, ya que puede causar problemas con su capacidad para unirse a la reunión.  Se recomienda encarecidamente la preinscripción.  La inscripción se abre cuando se publica la agenda de la reunión de la Comisión de Planificación.
  • Servicios de Interpretación de Zoom Durante la Audiencia – si desea escuchar y participar en español mediante video durante la audiencia, comuníquese al (805) 654‑2805.

ASISTENCIA DE LA LEY DE ESTADOUNIDENSES CON DISCAPACIDADES

Las personas que requieran adaptaciones por cualquier discapacidad auditiva, visual u otra discapacidad para revisar una agenda o participar en una audiencia de la Comisión de Planificación según la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades, pueden obtener asistencia si desea participar en persona mandado la solicitud por lo menos 48 horas antes de la audiencia programada llamando al (805) 654-2478 o por escrito dirigido a Luz Juachon, Asistente Administrativa a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. o por correo a la Agencia de Administración de Recursos, División de Planificación, Atención:  Luz Juachon, Asistente Administrativa, en 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009-1740. 

Servicios en Español: Para asistencia o información en español, llame al (805) 654‑2805.

La siguiente información se proporciona para ayudarle a comprender, seguir y participar en la audiencia:

Asista a la Audiencia del Director de Planificación en Vivo por Zoom

Para observar la Audiencia del Director de Planificación transmitida en vivo, visite https://vcrma.org/en/planning-director-hearing-agendas y haga clic en la Agenda del Director de Planificación para la fecha de la audiencia que desea ver.  El enlace de la reunión de Zoom y la información de como conectarse por teléfono se proporcionan en la agenda.

Nota: De vez en cuando, las audiencias se cancelan o reprograman.  Le recomendamos que se comunique con el Planificador de Casos para confirmar la fecha de la audiencia pública un día antes.  La transmisión en vivo y la participación pública remota se proporcionan para conveniencia del público.  En caso de dificultades técnicas experimentadas durante una reunión, la transmisión y la participación remota pueden limitarse o suspenderse, aunque la reunión en si pueda continuar y la Junta tomar acciones finales posteriores. 

Los documentos que incluyen informes del personal, correos electrónicos y cartas con comentarios, fotografías, etc., distribuidos al Director de Planificación con respecto a cualquier tema de la agenda durante una sesión abierta o después de que concluya la reunión, se publican en línea y están disponibles para inspección publica en https://vcrma.org/en/planning-director-hearing-agendas

Asista a la Audiencia del Director de Planificación en Persona

Todas las audiencias del Director de Planificación se llevan a cabo por Zoom. Cualquier persona tiene el privilegio de asistir en persona para brindar comentarios sobre este asunto.  Si desea asistir a la audiencia en persona, la solicitud debe realizarse al menos 48 horas antes de la audiencia programada llamando al (805) 654-2478 o por escrito a Luz Jauchon, Asistente Administrativa a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. o por correo a la Agencia de Administración de Recursos – División de Planificación, Atención: Luz Jauchon, Asistente Administrativa en 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura CA 93009-1740. 

Comentario Público

El comentario público es la oportunidad para que los miembros del público participen en reuniones dirigiéndose al Director de Planificación en relación con uno o más puntos de la agenda o fuera de la agenda.

Para mantener un ambiente propicio y acogedor para recibir comentarios públicos de parte de todos los miembros del público en la reunión pública, se desaconseja que la audiencia participe en muestras de apoyo u oposición a los informes del personal o comentarios públicos, incluidos aplausos, gritos, abucheos, silbidos u ovaciones que puedan crear un ambiente perturbador para los miembros del público que deseen participar.  Cualquier persona que perturbe o impida el desarrollo ordenado de una reunión recibirá instrucciones de cesar la conducta perturbadora.  De no hacerlo, esa persona podrá ser expulsada de la reunión.

Puede proporcionar comentarios públicos usando las siguientes opciones:

  • Antes de la Audiencia – Si desea enviar sus comentarios antes de la audiencia, se recomienda encarecidamente que los presente antes de las 3:30 p.m. un día antes de la audiencia. Por favor envié el correo electrónico al planificador de casos asignado e indiqué en la línea de asunto de su correo electrónico el número del punto de la agenda sobre el cual está comentando. Su correo electrónico se distribuirá al planificador de casos y se colocará en el registro administrativo del artículo en la audiencia del Director de Planificación.
*Para ubicar el nombre del planificador de casos asignado para el tema de interés de la agenda, consulte la Agenda del Director de Planificación en https://vcrma.org/en/planning-director-hearing-agendas y haga clic en la Agenda del Director de Planificación para la fecha de la audiencia que desea ver.
  • En Persona Durante la Audiencia – Si desea hacer un comentario en persona, debe estar presente en el lugar de la reunión y proporcionar su comentario durante el periodo para comentarios públicos para el tema del cual desea hablar.
*Servicios de Interpretación de Zoom Durante la Audiencia – si desea escuchar y participar en español mediante video durante la audiencia, comuníquese al (805) 654‑2805.

ASISTENCIA DE LA LEY DE ESTADOUNIDENSES CON DISCAPACIDADES

Las personas que requieran adaptaciones por cualquier discapacidad auditiva, visual u otra discapacidad para revisar una agenda o participar en una audiencia del Director de Planificación según la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades, pueden obtener asistencia solicitando dichas adaptaciones por lo menos 48 horas antes de la audiencia programada llamando al (805) 654-2478 o por escrito a Luz Jauchon, Asistente Administrativa a  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. o por correo a la Agencia de Administración de Recursos – División de Planificación, Atención: Luz Jauchon, Asistente Administrativa en 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura CA 93009-1740. 

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Request Zoning and Planning Appointments

By scheduling a 15-minute Zoom or phone appointment, you will be able to speak with a Planner regarding general zoning and planning questions. If you already have a designated case planner assigned to your project, please contact this individual directly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

In preparation for your appointment, we invite you to look at the following links, which provide information on commonly asked zoning and planning questions. The answers to your questions may be found in this information.

ventura ranch

The County has received an application for Ventura Ranch, a 100 percent affordable, for-rent farmworker housing complex.

Project Information
Case Number: PL23-0051
Applicant: Ventura Ranch Partners, LLC

Contact Information
For general questions about the project, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
To sign up for project updates, please fill out the form below.

Draft Project Description

**The project description below is still in draft format and is subject to change**

The County received applications on May 12, 2023, for a Tentative Parcel Map, and a Planned Development Permit for a farmworker housing complex called Ventura Ranch.

The Planned Development Permit would authorize the construction of a 328-unit farmworker housing complex on approximately 18 acres of the overall project site. The proposed farmworker housing complex is intended to be 100 percent affordable, to those who qualify as lower income, which is classified as individuals and families who make 80 percent or below of the area median income. The community would be designed in a Spanish Colonial style with 18 three story residential buildings, one three story residential building with a ground floor community center, and one single story community center. The project would include one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.

The proposed Tentative Parcel Map would create a 54 acre conservation parcel to remain open space with a public trail system, an 11 acre private agricultural parcel for continued crop production, and two addition parcels that make up the 18 acre project site.

Location

The approximately 82.9-acre project site is located at 4884 North Ventura Avenue in the unincorporated part of Ventura County, north of the City of Ventura on Assessor Parcel Numbers (APNs) 063-0-110-090; 063-0-110-145; and 063-0-110-065.

Current Status

The project was reviewed by County staff and deemed incomplete on June 29, 2023. Staff is currently coordinating with the applicant on the resubmittal of the project for further review.

Draft Site Plan

**The site plan below is still in draft format and is subject to change**

Draft site plan


Save Open Space & Agricultural Resources (SOAR) Initiative

SOAR refers to a series of voter initiative measures that have been approved by 8 of the 10 cities and the unincorporated County (Ojai and Port Hueneme have not adopted SOAR measures). SOAR measures within cities establish voter-controlled urban growth boundaries, known as City Urban Restriction Boundaries (CURBs). A city’s annexation or approval of urban development of land outside of a CURB boundary requires voter approval.

Ventura County voters first approved the countywide SOAR initiative in 1998. In general, and subject to certain exceptions, SOAR requires countywide voter approval of any 1) substantive change to the General Plan’s Agricultural, Open Space, or Rural land use goals or policies, and 2) re-designation of land with these General Plan land use designations. In November 2016, Ventura County voters renewed the County’s SOAR initiative and extended its provisions through 2050. Similarly, voters in eight of the county’s ten cities renewed SOAR initiatives adopted by the respective jurisdictions which are applicable within their boundaries. The County SOAR initiative’s Agricultural, Open Space and Rural goals and policies are included in the County’s General Plan.

The County’s SOAR measure, is included as Appendix C and incorporated by reference into the County General Plan, generally requires voter approval to re-designate land with Open Space, Agricultural, or Rural General Plan land use designations, and to amend the goals and policies for these land use designations. 

SOAR and the Inclusion of Farmworker Housing

The SOAR initiative includes a purpose statement which reads “The purpose of this initiative is to continue to ensure that agricultural, rural and open space lands are not prematurely or unnecessarily converted to other more intensive development uses incompatible with the purposes of the Agricultural, Open Space and Rural land use designations. Thus, this initiative seeks to further Agricultural, Rural and Open Space objectives which could include, for example, adequate farm worker housing” (see SOAR page 3, Section 1(J)Findings and Purposes. Further, one of the agricultural goals for SOAR is to actively promote infrastructure, sized not larger than necessary for the specific project, for farm worker housing to support the continuing viability of agriculture, subject to state law, the Guidelines for Orderly Development, and applicable zoning requirements (See SOAR page 12, 3.2.1 Goals, 4(J) Agriculture)

To read the SOAR Initiative go to the General Plan Appendix C. County of Ventura (SOAR) Save Open Space & Agricultural Resources Initiative - 2050 at: https://docs.vcrma.org/images/pdf/planning/plans/Final_2040_General_Plan_docs/VCGPU_C_SOAR_Measure_C_2050_web.pdf

Agricultural Worker Housing and Employee Housing Regulations

Farmworker housing complexes are allowed with a Planned Development Permit on land designated Agricultural, Open Space and Rural in the General Plan and in the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance.

 On March 1, 2022, the County Board of Supervisors adopted County-initiated amendments to Articles 2, 5, 7, and 8 of the Ventura County Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance which amended existing regulations for agricultural worker housing (which consists of farmworkers and animal caretakers) to facilitate more construction of these units. Updates to the development standards were conducted in consultation with farmworker housing organizations. This amendment was conducted in order to address a program in the County’s 2013-2021 Housing Element.

The Ordinance amended existing requirements for agricultural worker housing, added new housing options and development standards, and simplified the permitting requirements, where possible. The following four housing options are available for agricultural workers, the requirements for which are included in Section 8107-41 of the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance:

    1. Farmworker and Animal Caretaker Dwelling Units, which are standalone dwelling units, similar to Accessory Dwelling Units;
    2. Farmworker Housing Complexes, which are multiple housing units together in a development like an apartment complex;
    3. Farmworker Group Quarters, which are dormitory style dwellings with shared sanitation and cooking facilities; and
    4. Temporary trailers for seasonal and temporary farmworkers and animal caretakers, which is a motor home, travel trailer, truck camper, recreational vehicle, or camping trailer.

In addition, the amendments added a new section (Section 8107-26) in the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance for Employee Housing (which includes housing for agricultural and non-agricultural workers), consistent with State Law to implement the Employee Housing Act (California Health and Safety Code, Section 17000-17062.5), regulated by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

The adopted amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance were effective on March 31, 2022.

Note: See Sections 8175-3.5 and 8175-5.18 of the Coastal Zoning Ordinance here for regulations for  farmworker and animal caretaker dwelling units within the Coastal Zone.

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The City of Oxnard contracts with the County of Ventura Planning Division to provide cultural heritage services for designated and potentially eligible historic properties within the City of Oxnard. In 1991, the Oxnard City Council adopted Resolution No. 10,135 for the City, thereby requesting that the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board serve as the City of Oxnard Cultural Heritage Board with the same composition, duties, and powers as provided in the County of Ventura Cultural Heritage Ordinance, found here.

Pursuant to the contract between the City of Oxnard and the County of Ventura, the County’s scope of services is limited to the following:

  • Review of proposed projects at designated and potentially eligible historic properties within city limits;
  • Provide historical landmark recommendations to the Oxnard City Council;
  • Environmental review of projects affecting historic sites;
  • Provide Mills Act contract (historical property contract) recommendations to the Oxnard City Council;
  • Annual Mills Act inspection or review of sites under Mills Act contract; and
  • Provide general assistance to members of the public and stakeholders associated with the administration of the City of Oxnard’s cultural heritage program.

Cultural Heritage Board meetings are held as needed on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 1:15 p.m. in the County of Ventura Government Center, Hall of Administration Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, or as otherwise indicated in the posted agenda. Please contact the Cultural Heritage Board Staff Administrator to confirm the scheduled public meeting dates, times, and meeting location. 

The County of Ventura is not contracted to enforce violations of the City’s Cultural Heritage Ordinance.  Complaints related to compliance with the Cultural Heritage Ordinance should be directed to the City of Oxnard Code Compliance Division at (805) 385-7940 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for appropriate follow-up.

How do I know if my property requires Cultural Heritage Review?

The City of Oxnard has a rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage. The Cultural Heritage Ordinance establishes regulations and procedures for designation and protection of “items of special historical or aesthetic character or interest” within the City of Oxnard. This includes buildings, structures, sites, landscape features, and districts representing significant prehistoric and historic periods and themes of the City’s development. There are currently 23 designated County Landmarks in the City of Oxnard, including the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District and Landmark Area. In addition, there are two Points of Interest.  There are an unknown number of potential Cultural Heritage Sites in the City that have not yet been identified or designated.

Cultural heritage review is necessary for projects proposed at properties designated as County Landmarks or located within the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District or considered eligible as potential Cultural Heritage Sites. City of Oxnard Planning Division staff actively refers projects to the County of Ventura once they determine that cultural heritage review is warranted.  For initial project inquiries, City of Oxnard Planning Division staff can be contacted by phone at (805) 385-7858 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What does the project review process consist of?  CityofOxnard Cultural Heritage Review Flowchart

Two types of reviews are conducted by the Cultural Heritage Board and staff depending on the designation of the site and the scope of work proposed. The first is by the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness. The second is by the issuance of a Certificate of Review. Certificates of Appropriateness are generally required for modifications to designated Landmarks, Historic Districts and for demolition of potential Cultural Heritage Sites. Certificates of Review are generally required for proposed modifications to potential Cultural Heritage Sites where it does not result in demolition.  Pursuant to the Cultural Heritage Ordinance and related Cultural Heritage Board resolutions, minor projects are reviewed and approved at the staff level, whereas major projects are taken to the Cultural Heritage Board for a decision. For reference, CHB Resolution 2022-19 identifies a number of relatively minor actions that can be approved at the staff level. For some sites, a historic resource report will be requested by staff or the Cultural Heritage Board before an evaluation is made. More information on Certificates of Appropriateness and Certificates of Review is included below.

Certificates of Appropriateness

Certificates of Appropriateness issued by the Cultural Heritage Board and staff do not function like other land use permits issued by the Ventura County Planning Division in that denial does not prevent the applicant from moving forward with a proposed project.  Rather, there is a longstanding emphasis on education and providing guidance to applicants on how to better preserve historic resources.  A Certificate of Appropriateness may be approved for a project as proposed, approved with applicant modifications, or denied by the Cultural Heritage Board. In the case of denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness, the Cultural Heritage Ordinance mandates a 180-day waiting period.  The purpose of the waiting period is to allow time for collaboration between the Cultural Heritage Board, community preservation advocates, and the applicant to explore whether other arrangements can be made to avoid loss of a historic resource. After the 180-day waiting period, the applicant may move forward even if doing so results in the destruction of a designated cultural resource.

Certificates of Review

In the case of Certificates of Review, applicants for projects at potentially eligible Cultural Heritage Sites (except in the case of demolition) are provided recommendations in the form of a Certificate of Review that the applicant is encouraged to follow voluntarily. A 180-day waiting period is not mandated for these projects.

In order for a Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of Review to be issued by the Cultural Heritage Board or staff, it must be found that the scope of work will not adversely affect the designated Cultural Heritage Site’s values or unduly compromise the eligibility of a potential site to become a designated Cultural Heritage Site. To make this determination, the Cultural Heritage Board and staff use the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties in conducting its analysis of a subject property and proposed project. These are a set of guidelines and principles related to the treatment of historic properties, including preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction.

Information related to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm. Most proposed actions fall within the scope of Rehabilitation. Refer to the ten Rehabilitation standards here: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-rehabilitation.htm

How do I apply for project review?

Applications for project review at properties within the City of Oxnard should be directed to the City of Oxnard Planning Division. City staff will screen the request and forward the scope of work to County of Ventura staff as necessary.

For any scope of work that is forwarded for cultural heritage review, the following materials are required:

  • Completed application form
  • Site plans and elevations as may be necessary (digital 24x36 and 11x17), including window and door schedule
  • Architectural cut sheets for all proposed materials (windows, doors, roofing, siding, etc)
  • One set of color photographs. Photographs of all sides of the building(s) and surroundings, including neighborhood context. Include historic (and “before”) photographs if available.
  • Recommended: Historic resource report or evaluation prepared by an architectural historian or historic preservation professional meeting the Secretary’s Standards. The report should include a property description and historical background, significance evaluation, integrity evaluation, and identify character-defining features. (Note: the County does not maintain a list of approved or recommended historic consultants, although the California Preservation Foundation maintains a Preservation Professionals Directory, which may be useful. That can be found here: https://californiapreservation.org/directory/. In addition, a keyword internet search may yield additional results.)
  • Submit the applicable fee. For projects within the City of Oxnard, please contact the City of Oxnard Planning Division to coordinate fee payment pursuant to the City of Oxnard Planning & Environmental Services Division Fee Schedule. The City’s fee schedule, as it may be revised, can be found here.

Where can I get more information?

Questions regarding the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Program can be directed to Dillan Murray, Cultural Heritage Board staff, at (805) 654-5042 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The City of Oxnard Planning Division staff can be contacted by phone at (805) 385-7858 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..