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! Building and Safety Open House. Building and Safety is hosting an Open House on May 25th.

We invite our customers, as well as colleagues from Ventura County and other jurisdictions, and college students pursuing degrees or coursework in construction or building design (engineering, architecture, construction management, etc.) to join us in celebrating May as National Building Safety Month.  Meet your local Building and Safety staff, in person, or visit us to chat, ask questions, or learn more about what we do to ensure the buildings and structures in our communities are safe.

NEW! The County of Ventura now requires newly constructed buildings to be all-electric. See why this is important here

NEW! Notice for B&S Customers With Active Building Permit Applications or Permits that require IWMD clearances: The IWMD Program has been reinstated. (See “Other B&S Announcements”)

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!2022 Ventura County Building Code - Adopted Changes

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2022 Ventura County Building Code (VCBC) on
November 01, 2022. 
The 2022 VCBC goes into effect for new permit applications received by Building and Safety on or after
January 01, 2023. Permit applications received before this date will be subject to the provisions of the current code, the 2019 VCBC.
The new edition of the VCBC contains some changes and new provisions that are different from the 2019 VCBC. You can view the changes in the VCBC here.
To view the newly adopted 2022 VCBC, click here

NEW! Restrictions lifted for Swimming Pool permits in water shortage areas: 

Effective immediately, B&S will issue building permits for swimming pools and spas in all areas of the County, without restrictions, including those areas that were previously affected by severe drought conditions.  Previous restrictions on building permits for swimming pools and spas in these areas have been lifted.

NEW! Standardized Plans for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Farmworker/ Animal Caretaker Dwelling Units    Two Bedroom

The County’s Building & Safety Division has prepared and is making available to the public, a complete set of standardized plans for one-, two- and three-bedroom units that can be utilized for the construction of Detached ADUs and Farmworker/Animal Caretaker Dwelling Units.

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.