The Planning Counter is now open to the public Monday through Friday from 8AM – 4PM.
Online Zoning Clearance Applications
The County of Ventura Planning Division is accepting online Zoning Clearance applications using Citizen Access
New Standardized Plans for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Farmworker/ Animal Caretaker Dwelling Units
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.
Study of Potential Disadvantaged Community Designations
The Ventura County Planning Division is researching potential disadvantaged community designations in unincorporated areas near the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, and Santa Paula and is seeking public input on the environmental pollution burdens and socioeconomic burdens that may be experienced by community members in these areas.
Ventura County Farmworker Housing Study and Action Plan
The County of Ventura, in coordination with the nonprofit House Farm Workers!, has commenced a Countywide Farmworker Housing Study and Action Plan, aimed at identifying needs for farmworker housing that may be accommodated throughout the County
Proposed Amendments to Oil and Gas Regulations
The Board of Supervisors directed the Resource Management Agency to propose Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance (NCZO) and Coastal Zoning Ordinance (CZO) amendments to revise certain oil and gas regulations.
Senate Bill 9, Ministerial Two-Unit Housing Development and Lot Splits
Effective January 1, 2022, Senate Bill 9 allows eligible properties in single-family residential zones to construct two units, or to split their lot to accommodate additional units, with a ministerial permit.
RI-NU Wastewater Treatment Facility
Applicant seeks to continue to accept, treat and dispose offsite by trucks various types of non-hazardous waste streams.
Non-Coastal Zone Landscaping Ordinance Update
On March 9, 2021 the Board of Supervisors adopted an update to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance landscape regulations.
Somis Ranch Farmworker Housing Project
The discretionary permits for the Somis Ranch Farmworker Housing Complex were approved and the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was certified on February 2, 2021
The Planning Division provides land use services to the public in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial permitting, engages in long range community planning and zoning enforcement, and coordinates a variety of regional programs in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.
Planning and regulation of land use stem from the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which gives police power to the States. The courts have held that this police power may be used to regulate a wide variety of activities as long as it is exercised in a manner that is related to the protection of the public’s health, safety, and welfare, and does not contradict constitutional principles, including the concepts of due process, equal protection, and the unlawful taking of property without compensation. State and community planning, zoning, subdivision regulations, sign controls, growth management regulations and environmental regulations are all examples of police power.
Our website is designed to inform and educate the public about the services we provide and to allow easy access to planning documents and studies, environmental documents, Zoning Ordinances, the County General Plan and Area Plans, permit application materials, meeting agendas for the Planning Commission and other hearings, and relevant census and demographic information.
The chief responsibility of the Planning Division is to regulate the use of land and structures within unincorporated areas of the county. Using these regulations and others, the Planning Division issues permits for uses and structures and enforces both permit conditions and maintains consistency with the County’s Zoning Ordinances and General Plan.
Ventura County Government Center Administration Building - 3rd Floor
Resource Management Agency
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 654-2488 or (805) 654-2451
Ayuda en Español: (805) 654-2451
More information on the public counter services in the Planning Division can be found here.
Planning Division Policy, Programs & Permitting Section Organization/Teams
Staff Phone and Email Directory
Planning Division Organizational Chart
Public Brochures and Frequently Requested Information
Recently Approved and Pending Projects List - Updated monthly, this map and accompanying list show the discretionary projects approved by the Planning Division in the last six months and projects currently in process.
Public Hearing Agendas - Agendas and staff reports for Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Board, and Mobile Home Park Rent Review Board hearings.
One-Stop Permitting Website - This website provides both an overview of the County development process and step-by-step guidance to individuals seeking land use permits for residential, commercial, and industrial development projects of subdivisions within unincorporated Ventura County.
What's My Zoning? - This tool identifies the zoning designation for parcels located within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.
County View Interactive Map - This free online GIS map includes a variety of data layers available to the public including aerial photographs, zoning information, assessor parcel numbers, jurisdictional boundaries, and general plan designations. Start your search by typing in an address.
Citizen Access - This online permitting database provides real-time, direct access to all Planning permits that are in process or have already been issued. Information on permits issued by other county departments is also available on this system.