locally grown food

LOCALLY GROWN FOOD PROCESSING ORDINANCE AND GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT 

On June 4, 2024, the County Board of Supervisors adopted County-initiated amendments to the General Plan Economic Vitality Element and Articles 5 and 7 of the Ventura County Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to allow and establish regulations for the processing of locally grown food in the Agricultural Exclusive (AE), Open Space (OS) and Rural Agricultural (RA) Zones in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

The amendments to the ordinance and general plan become effective on July 5, 2024. The adopted Locally Grown Food Processing Ordinance No. 4632 can be reviewed here and the General Plan Amendment Resolution 24-079 can be reviewed here.

Starting on July 5, 2024, the Planning Division will start accepting online applications on Citizen Access for Locally Grown Food Processing Facilities. The Locally Grown Food Processing Facility Zoning Clearance Application is available here. For further instructions on submitting the application, please visit: https://vcrma.org/en/remote-zoning-clearance-permit-processing.

If your project requires a Conditional Use Permit, the discretionary permit application form can be found here. Prior to submitting your discretionary permit application, please schedule a pre-submittal application meeting with Planning staff by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (805) 654-2488.

The Board letter and supporting documents are available at the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors located in the Hall of Administration Building at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, and in the Board of Supervisors hearing archives for June 4, 2024 (Agenda Item 51), available online at: https://www.ventura.org/board-of-supervisors/agendas-documents-and-broadcasts/.

The April 4, 2024 Planning Commission staff report and associated exhibits can be viewed at: https://vcrma.org/en/planning-commission.

Staff Contact

If you have inquiries on this item, please contact Ms. Franca A. Rosengren, case planner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (805) 654-2045.