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

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Important Public Announcements

NEW! The Fire Prevention office has changed its office location. Effective May 20, 2024 the Fire Prevention Office will no longer be located in Camarillo, on Durley Street. The new office for Fire Prevention services is now located in Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks) at 2400 Conejo Spectrum St. Customers who need to visit the Fire Prevention office in person for clearances to obtain Building Permits, or for other Fire Prevention services, must visit the Newbury Park office at their new location.  The Fire Prevention contact telephone numbers remain the same. 

NEW! In keeping with the decision of the Ninth District Court in California Restaurant Association v. City of Berkeley, effective immediately, the County of Ventura Building and Safety Division will no longer enforce the provisions of the Ventura County Building Code requiring new buildings to be “all-electric”.

The County will allow the use of natural gas appliances and equipment when desired by the builder for active construction projects, even if the building permit for the project specified an all-electric building. March 28, 2024

NEW! Effective January 22, 2024: Building and Safety has implemented a new streamlined electronic application process. You are now able to submit your application online through our VC Citizen Access permit processing portal.
To apply for a Building Permit online for review by the County, click here

NEW! To review some frequently asked questions regarding ADUs/JADUs; please click here

NEW! We have changed our business hours for Building and Safety public counters on Thursdays. Effective Aug. 10, 2023, our new business hours for Thursdays are 8:30am to 4pm. 

NEW! New policy for using heavy timber for construction of accessory structures in Hazardous Fire Areas. June 16, 2023 

NEW! B&S announces its new Text Messaging solution for inspection requests

B&S announces its new Text Messaging solution for scheduling inspections for active construction projects.  The new feature goes into effect January 1, 2023.  It allows contractors and other permittees to schedule inspections with the convenience of text messaging on a cell phone.  To learn how to schedule your next inspection with text messaging, see our new Inspection Scheduling Instructions in English or Spanish.

NEW!Solar (PV) system permits for professional solar installers.  B&S now accepts SolarAPP+ for the review of your solar system design. “Posted Date: 12/28/23”

If you are a professional solar system installer, you can choose to have your solar system design reviewed by SolarAPP+, which may make your solar system permit easier and/or faster to obtain.  To learn more about using SolarAPP+ click here.
You may also choose to submit your solar system plans directly to Ventura County Building and Safety for review, in lieu of SolarAPP+.
All Building Permits for solar system installations are issued by Ventura County Building and Safety regardless of whether the design is reviewed by Ventura County Building and Safety or by SolarAPP+.
To obtain your Building Permit after your solar system has been reviewed and approved by SolarAPP+, or to submit a Building Permit application on-line for review by the County, click here.

Welcome to Building and Safety.

Building and Safety is a division of the Resource Management Agency (RMA) at the County of Ventura.

Our objective is to ensure that construction projects adhere to state and local laws for the design and construction of buildings and private structures.

The Building and Safety Division promotes and ensures that all new development in the County of Ventura is constructed in accordance with the highest standards of safety by following and enforcing State and local building standards for new construction. 

This is done through the issuance and administration of building permits.  The building permit process allows for the review and inspection of projects during design and construction to ensure the project will be in compliance with these standards.

We work with other RMA Divisions as well as other agencies in the regulatory process to ensure projects satisfy pertinent development requirements prior to commencing construction. 

We also work with the Code Compliance Division to ensure that existing buildings and structures are maintained in a safe condition.

Building & Safety is responsible for enforcing various requirements associated with fire safety, structural safety, energy conservation, water conservation, sustainability, accessibility for disabled persons, and various other aspects that make the buildings in our community safe to use and occupy. The Ventura County Building Code contains references to the State Codes that are used in the State of California and lists those local construction standards used in Ventura County.

Building Permits are required for most construction projects in Ventura County.  Please inquire with our Building and Safety staff at either of our two Building and Safety offices located in Simi Valley and Ventura for information about how to obtain a Building Permit for your project so that you can get started with construction.

Building and Safety staff is here to help you in person at our Building and Safety permit services counters, or by email or telephone.

Good luck with your project!!

Permit NavigatorHave you submitted a permit application but are experiencing difficulty in having your permit issued?  Have you submitted a permit application but are receiving conflicting information regarding your permit application?

First, contact the department director:
Planning – Dave Ward
Building & Safety – Ruben Barrera
Environmental Health – Charles Genkel
Code Compliance – Doug Leeper

If this is not able to resolve your concerns please contact Tina Figurski, Management Assistant to the Director of RMA.

If your concerns still have not been resolved, please contact the Permit Navigator at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Permit Navigator works to facilitate process improvements that result in a more user-friendly permitting process both for customers and staff.  The Navigator works county-wide and across departments, agencies, and divisions to accomplish these results.   It is important to note that the Permit Navigator does not have the authority to revise, relax or ignore any laws, code requirements, or minimum standards.