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.


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

Protecting Ventura County’s Historic, Cultural, and Natural Resources

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    Interactive Ventura County Landmarks & Points of Interest Map

An interactive map of Ventura County Landmarks & Points of Interest can be accessed at the above link. Ventura County Cultural Heritage Ordinance No. 4604 provides for the designation of the following Cultural Heritage Sites: Ventura County Landmarks, Sites of Merit, Points of Interest, and Districts. The criteria for designation of Cultural Heritage Sites is described in Section 1367 of the Ventura County Ordinance Code.

Cultural Heritage Board General Brochure

Who Are We?

The Cultural Heritage Board is comprised of seven members who work to ensure that our historic resources are preserved. For more information, click this link to download our Cultural Heritage Board brochure.

When Do We Meet?

The Cultural Heritage Board meets on a bi-monthly basis and encourages the public to attend.



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Ventura County was selected by the California State Library as California History Section's County of the Month for March 2018 and featured Ventura County in the accompanying documentation. This recognition honors the diverse character of California's many counties while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about Ventura County's history.

The California State Library's California History Section holds a premier collection of documents from and about California's rich history including thousands of rare books, documents, maps, newspapers, photographs, letters, paintings and more which can be found at the following website:http://www.library.ca.gov/california-history/

Incentives & Applications

Incentives encourage preservation by offering fiscal returns in exchange for preservation efforts. The County also ensures preservation through the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of Review where required for designated and potentially eligible cultural heritage sites.

Mills Act Program

Certificate of Appropriateness/Review (COA/COR)


The fees listed for Cultural Heritage Board services on the Ventura County Planning Division Fee Schedule are for properties located in the unincorporated areas only. For projects within city limits, the County has agreements in place to cover County staff time to process these applications. Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate City for information on specific fees and billing.

Learn About Local Historic Resources                                                                             cult heritageCultural Heritage Board Educational Booth at County of Ventura 150th Anniversary Celebration, Santa Paula, October 21, 2023

Preservation Plans

Preservation Plans are documents that guide the preservation of historic resources by establishing goals and recommending implementation measures.


Cities adopt Ordinances to help provide legal guidelines for making decisions regarding the future of our historic resources.


Historic Resource Surveys are used to inventory the historic resources within the County.


Photographs are one method of documenting a landmark’s past, as well as showing a landmark’s current condition.

Technical Information


Preservation Organizations

City Specific Resources



Thousand Oaks



Port Hueneme


Santa Paula

Simi Valley


County Contact

Dillan Murray, Program Planner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 654-5042.