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

On December 16, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted ordinance (Ventura County Ordinance No. 4468). Section 4826.1 - Water Well and Water Well Permit Prohibitions restricts the issuance of new water well permits in portions of the unincorporated area of Ventura County. The attached map shows those unincorporated areas subject to these restrictions (Cuyama basin in the northwest corner of the County is not shown on the map.)

The restrictions apply to the construction of new water wells and the modification or repair to existing water wells There are exceptions for certain repairs or modifications that do not increase capacity, as well as for back-up or stand-by wells. In addition, there are provisions whereby the Public Works Director may waive the restrictions.

If you are contemplating a project that requires a well permit, you should first look to see if you are subject Section 4826.1 - Water Well and Water Well Permit Prohibitions (i.e. is your property outside the designated area or is the well work not subject to restriction?).

If your proposed project is not subject to Section 4826.1 - Water Well and Water Well Permit Prohibitions, you may apply for a well permit through the normal permitting process.

You should contact the Watershed Protection District before beginning the formal permitting process and get a determination as to whether your project falls under one of the exceptions outlined in the ordinance, or whether it is eligible for a waiver. You should contact Glenn Shephard, Director of the Watershed Protection District, at 654-2040 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a determination.

If the Watershed Protection District determines that your proposal qualifies for an exception from the requirements of the ordinance or grants you a waiver, the project may continue through the normal permitting process.

If it is determined that neither an exception nor a waiver can be granted, the application/proposal cannot continue through the permitting process until either the provisions of the ordinance no longer apply to the property, or a Groundwater Sustainability Plan has been adopted for the groundwater basin

Well Permit Moratorium Map

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